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 ...


"Too many Asians"

April 06, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The Volokh Conspiracy has the details. It’s sad that rampant and overt discrimination against Asian Americans is so commonplace today, that statements like this can go largely ignored. … ...


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 ...