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May 18, 2017

Why the separation of powers matters for racial equality

In high school, I spent hours hunkered at a library computer playing Sid Meier’s Civilization instead of working on the school newspaper. In the game, you could lead your own civilization from stone age to space age. You’d guide every detail about your burgeoning society–from their religion to their labor. You’d event ...

July 16, 2013

Race-based academic goals are both offensive and ineffective

At PLF, we believe that individuals have a constitutional right to equal treatment by their government regardless of their race, and we're actively defending that right. Last year we took note when the Florida and Virginia state boards of education approved strategic plans that set different academic targets for different races. In order to get ...

December 17, 2012

Minority children are not inherently deficient– so schools should stop treating them that way

The Florida Department of Education and Virginia State Board of Education recently approved strategic plans that establish different race-based academic achievement goals for K-12 students.  As we've explained before, assigning different scholastic targets based on students' races is not only patronizing – it's just plain wrong.  Such systems d ...

June 05, 2012

Corboy v. Louie and Hawaii's race-based property tax scheme

Briefing is now complete in the case Corboy v. Louie, a case that will hopefully result in the invalidation of a race-based property tax scheme in Hawaii.  The Supreme Court will decide on June 21st whether to review the Hawaii Supreme Court’s decision that tossed out a challenge to the discriminatory tax law.  PLF’s brief in ...