There's no such thing as "careful" discrimination

October 28, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

PLF friend Jennifer Gratz published an op-ed in the Washington Times today on the Administration’s desire to see racial preferences continue indefinitely.  Here’s a snippet: In today’s increasingly pluralistic society, race usually does not — and certainly should not — determine what obstacles individuals have had to overco ...


Obama Administration urges further discrimination in the wake of Schuette

May 06, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

In its crusade to make America a racially polarized nation, the Obama Administration has had a tough couple of years.  Despite repeated pleas for the continued use of racial preferences, and its crusade to inject disparate impact into every facet of American life, both the people and the the courts aren’t biting. In Fisher and Shelby Count ...


"An egregious example of scientific dishonesty"

April 08, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Back in August I reported on a case out of the federal district court in Maryland, where the EEOC was trying to stop a business from undertaking criminal background checks on job-applicants.  In EEOC v. Freeman, the district court rejected the EEOC’s disparate impact lawsuit, because the data it collected was woefully insufficient.  In a & ...


The money behind the Mount Holly settlement

November 19, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Mount Holly case was settled with the help of some big money Obama supporters. In June the Justices agreed to hear Mount Holly, but last week the township voted to settle that case. Township officials aren’t explaining their decision, although Mayor Richard Dow has long wanted to get the … ...


The Obama Administration's logical pretzel

November 06, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

PLF continues to fight for Abigail Fisher’s right — and every student’s right — to be treated equally under the law.  We have previously blogged about our continued involvement in her case, and the University of Texas’s non-stop efforts to continue discriminating against its students.  Yesterday, the Obama Administra ...


Trying to avoid disparate impact causes a disparate impact

May 14, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

You can’t make this stuff up.  Banks have been under intense scrutiny from Obama Administration for lending practices that result in a disparate impact against racial minorities.  To avoid such threatening lawsuits, a small bank in Maryland put in place a practice that capped the amount that could be recouped from loans to minorities and ...



January 24, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Remember Magner v. Gallagher, the case out of Minnesota that challenged whether there was a disparate impact cause of action under the Fair Housing Act?  Note: There isn’t. Remember when the Obama Administration pressured the City of St. Paul to voluntarily dismiss Magner after it had been granted certiorari by the Supreme Court?  All we ...


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 ...


Further thoughts on today's salmon biop decision


Author: Brandon Middleton In reviewing today's decision on the National Marine Fisheries Service salmon biological opinion, two things stand out: 1) This is a defeat for the species-protection-whatever-the-cost mentality that we see from many environmental extremists.  For years, groups like Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Dive ...