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The Past & Future of Affirmative Action

Hour 1:           The U.S. Supreme Court is currently weighing the future of affirmative action at American universities, but why was the policy created in the first place and what has affirmative action actually become? We’ll explore the issue this hour with Richard Sander, Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School and co-author of the new book “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It” (Basic Books, 2012).

  • Christopher Graves

    Ms. Boyd asked Mr Sander why it is that so many college faculty are so resistant to even seriously considering the issues raised by critics of affirmative action. This is a good question. The answer ties in with the composition of much of the faculty on most college campuses, especially in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Most are on the political left and their “sacred” totems are equality of result and inclusiveness. So, challenging affirmative action to these faculty members is like challenging the existence of God at the Vatican.

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