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November 13, 2012

Is Obama's victory a sign of "racial progress?"

Following Obama’s victory last week, Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy wrote that “it's certainly a sign that racism has greatly declined, and that African-Americans are more fully accepted in mainstream American society than ever before.”  There is a certain kernel of truth in that statement.  Having a black American as the h ...

March 02, 2012

A response to Professor Somin on the Top Ten Percent Law

Professor Somin has responded to my post criticizing his view of the Top Ten Percent Law. As I noted in my first post, Professor Somin and I generally agree on the problems with the diversity rationale, and, I imagine, we both favor a system where universities do not use race as an admissions criterion (either overtly ...

March 01, 2012

Missing the forest for the trees

Over at The Volokh Conspiracy Professor Ilya Somin wonders whether Fisher may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory for opponents of racial preferences. He argues: If the Supreme Court strikes down explicit race-based affirmative action, but endorses the ten percent plan and other similar ‘race-neutral’ subterfuges, we might end up with ...