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

November 13, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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 ...


A response to Professor Somin on the Top Ten Percent Law

March 02, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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 … ...


Missing the forest for the trees

March 01, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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 ...