#SandraDayOConnor, First #Woman on the #SupremeCourt, Is Dead at 93. During a crucial period in #Americanlaw — when #abortion, #affirmativeaction, sex #discrimination and #votingrights were on the #docket — she was the most powerful woman in the country. read free https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/01/us/sandra-day-oconnor-dead.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Ck0.NAXc.SIEONPlYtH5o&referringSource=articleShare #SCOTUS #ethics #ethicscode #FinancialDisclosures #integrity #leadership #pioneer #RespectWomen
"But the future of the Abundant Birth Project is clouded by a lawsuit alleging that the program, the first of its kind in the nation, illegally discriminates by giving the stipend only to people of a specific race. The lawsuit also targets San Francisco guaranteed-income programs serving artists, transgender people, and Black young adults."
In the first #college application season since the #USSupremeCourt struck down #AffirmativeAction, #AsianAmerican #students are more stressed out than ever. #RaceConscious admissions were widely seen to have disadvantaged them, as borne out by #disparities in the test scores of admitted students — but many feel that race will still be a hidden factor and that standards are even more opaque than before.
#WesleyanUniversity and #SarahLawrenceCollege were featured on the #PBS #NewsHour last night, in this story about the aftermath of the #SCOTUS decision further restricting/eliminating #AffirmativeAction. Both schools voluntarily ended #LegacyAdmissions in response.
#college #HigherEd #admissions
College leaders and elected officials are trying to figure out how to maintain efforts to make college admissions equitable without affirmative action. Massachusetts has issued guidance to help educators navigate that. https://www.axios.com/local/boston/2023/10/23/college-admissions-affirmative-action-massachusetts #mapoli #bospoli #affirmativeaction
More than two-thirds (68%) of US college and university presidents believe that #SCOTUS was wrong to rule that race-conscious admission policies were unconstitutional. "But in something of a mixed message, an even larger share (86%) feels as though their own institution will maintain its current level of diversity under the decision."
Listening to The NPR Politics Podcast (SCOTUS Banned Affirmative Action — Except At Military Service Academies): https://www.npr.org/2023/10/09/1197954510/the-npr-politics-podcast-draft-10-09-2023
This summer, the Supreme Court overturned the legality of race-based affirmative action at higher education institutions everywhere, with one glaring exception: military service academies. Members of the conservative-leaning court like Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice John Roberts have long been staunch opponents of affirmative action initiatives, but in the case of service academies, the majority opinion cited that diversity in the officer ranks of the military was a "battlefield issue."Today, we bring you an episode from our colleagues at Code Switch. Co-hosts Gene Demby and Lori Lizarraga take us back to the Vietnam War to explain where that argument came from. And we'll hear from Mary Tobin, a Black woman, combat veteran, and West Point graduate, about why the Court's decision felt like such a blow to her.This episode was produced with help from Courtney Stein and engineering support from James Willetts.Unlock access to this and other bonus content by supporting The NPR Politics Podcast+. Sign up via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org. Connect:Email the show at email@example.comJoin the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.
A quotation from Johnson, Lyndon:
You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: “Now, you are free to go where you want, do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please.” You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, “You are free to compete with all the others,” and still…
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And it gets pretty dark when you realize that the person bringing the dog shit owns the table and all the seats, and decides what is and is not allowed on the table. And if you try to set up a picnic outside the house, where you don't have to eat their shit casserole, they will come and knock all your food around on the ground and accuse you of intolerance and excluding them.
Affirmative Action in Higher Education Report https://www.aclu.org/documents/affirmative-action-in-higher-education-report
#aclu #Blackmastodon #affirmativeaction
Affirmative action is necessary, but it has never been adequate,.
#AffirmativeAction #Equity #SCOTUS
After the TED Talk, TED refused to post his video on YouTube. It seems several staff members were “hurt” by his talk and protested it. TED, whose slogan is “Ideas worth spreading” back-pedaled, fearing a staff backlash. Finally, when they did post it, they manipulated the number of views so it wouldn’t get promoted! You can read all about it here: https://www.thefp.com/p/coleman-hughes-is-ted-scared-of-color-blindness #racism #affirmativeaction #colorblind
The U.S. Supreme Court's exemption—leaving aside its hypocrisy and racism—won’t achieve the goal of creating a diverse, equitable, or inclusive military.
Nonprofit Radio: Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case and Implications for Nonprofits https://nonprofitlawblog.com/nonprofit-radio-supreme-court-affirmative-action-case-and-implications-for-nonprofits Tony Martignetti #NonprofitRadio #affirmativeaction
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash during a hearing denied a request by #EdwardBlum's #AmericanAllianceForEqualRights for a preliminary #injunction blocking #FearlessFund from considering applications for #grants only from businesses led by #BlackWomen.
#AffirmativeAction: So long as there is an underclass that is denied full participation in societal intercourse it will be necessary to bolster that group from the common wealth of society as a whole. Otherwise, we are accepting the bigoted notion that some groups are sub-human. Is that not the very foundation of the #Fascist ideology? Am I just being simpleminded?
"taco, how can i go about this?"
ask about how #AffirmativeAction is being accomplished by the teams that are running your conventions!
and don't settle for "we're a diverse team of queer people", most of the #furry #fandom is #queer. we need more #bipoc voices explicitly, or we're going to fall prey to the clutches of #whiteness and #christofacist sanitation. ask why there isn't more information talking about race in the fandom and talk about why it's important!
in So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oulo proposes:
“#AffirmativeAction is a crucial tool if we want to mitigate some of the effects of systemic #racism and #misogyny in our society. It should not be rolled back; in fact, I argue that it should be expanded to other groups that suffer from systemic oppression as well. Why? Because it works. No, it doesn’t work wonders, but affirmative action can do some good for those who need it, and it can do some good for a society that wants to value #equality and #diversity.”
we as #furries should be working to elevate #bipoc voices both within and outside of the fandom regarding peoples lived experiences because they also affect us but they affect others who are a part of these intersectional experiences in a way worse way.
hear me out.
The Alabama government’s briefs before the three-judge panel in September referenced a concurring opinion by #Kavanaugh that questioned whether “race-based redistricting” can “extend indefinitely into the future.”
Alabama further relied on arguments — also rejected by the U.S. District Court — that a subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decision this same term ending affirmative action in college admissions (called Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard ) compels the Court to find that a state’s use of a map in which “race predominates” now violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.
In addition, there now appears to be a significant connection between Alabama’s post-Milligan map redrawing process, #Leo’s powerful national dark money network, and Kavanaugh.
The tangled web of previously unreported ties centers around #Marshall, Alabama Solicitor General Edmond #LaCour — dubbed “the architect behind Alabama’s voting rights defiance” — and the D.C.-area law firm #ConsovoyMcCarthy, the firm founded by William #Consovoy, a now-deceased former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas who represented Shelby County in Shelby County v. Holder.
In Shelby County, the Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and its vital preclearance provision, which protected against unilateral state changes to voting rights and maps in states that had a documented history of racial bias in administering elections in order to disenfranchise Black voters.
#LeonardLeo #scotus #darkmoney #clarencethomas #FedSoc #ShelbyCountyVsHolder #VotingRightsAct #racebased #affirmativeaction
How does the U.S. Supreme Court’s elitism influence their decisions? Author Hightower writes about it in the context of affirmative action programs for colleges and policies for child care.#SupremeCourt #AffirmativeAction #ChildCare
In today's episode we have hackers targeting casinos, law firm DEI initiatives change in wake of SCOTUS gutting of #affirmativeaction, Citi undergoes top floor reshuffle in wake of plummeting stock price, and a town in CT sues the IRS for a refund owed.
"The NYT is publishing the College-Access Index, a list of the country’s most-selective universities ranked in order of economic diversity. [...] The list covers the 286 most-selective colleges in the country [...]"
Economic diversity is measured by analyzing the share of students receiving Pell Grants.
#Malaysia has a unique take on positive #discrimination. While most #AffirmativeAction programs are aimed at promoting opportunities for ethnic and religious #minorities, the Malaysian government has implemented a system that favours the country’s majority, Malay #Muslims, who account for nearly 70 percent of the population. These policies have proved to be harmful for descendants of #minority groups in Malaysia, such as Chinese and Indians.
From those early discussions among #Leo, #Thomas & #Crow would spring a billion-dollar force that has helped remake the #judiciary & #overturn longstanding legal #precedents on #abortion, #AffirmativeAction & many other issues.
A federal judge struck down a provision of the Small Business Administration's 8(a) loan program that has helped socially disadvantaged business owners for decades.
#SBA program upended in wake of #SCOTUS #AffirmativeAction ruling
A #judge struck down a provision of a #federal program meant to help minority-owned #businesses, a ruling that could imperil other programs that benefit underrepresented groups
"As an Asian American graduate of Harvard and a Constitutional law professor, I've been asked about my thoughts on the recent #affirmativeaction case. I think the justices got race wrong in a fundamental way ."
This is a must watch as a resource explaining what Affirmative Action is and is not.
I have never been prouder to have a close relationship with Sarah Lawrence College.
"Sarah Lawrence College added a provocative essay prompt to its application, quoting from the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action and asking applicants to address its impact."
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its very stressful being black all the time, its why we die early. Its exhausting, in fact, that no one in power cares to stop the lynchings that go on every year for good. They passed a whole law to prosecute ppl especially for that but we dont do any work preventing the crime or any crime really. All they while, SCOTUS, Desantis and Fox tell us we are a post-race nation. Racism was outlawed in the 60's so we dont need #affirmativeaction or even to learn abt our history so we stop repeating it
*Big New Reveals In The Mar-a-Lago Case*
#USPolitics #Politics #MarALago #Documents #TrumpIndicted #JudgeCannon #DOJ #Georgia #FaniWillis #RICO #MarkMeadows #JeffreyClark #JohnEastman
#LeonardLeo #DC #AffirmativeAction #VoterFraud #Texas #KenPaxton #Brazil #Bolsonaro #Embezzlement
‘Laboratories of success’: why #HBCUs are the best models for race-blind admissions
the lawyer randomly googled "vc funding for black women" because fearless is not even a major player in this space ...
Legal challenge to Fearless Fund misses the mark on racial bias in venture capital
and look what's right on time.
one of my points against Black capitalism is that the system is working AS DESIGNED. this is a facade. it is not designed to level the playing field. it is designed to give Black folx a smaller slice of the pie to start the crabs in barrel affect.
#AffirmativeAction struck down by the courts has opened the LEGAL door to eliminate that tiny slice.
[ Affirmative action fight comes to Corporate America ]
“Fearless Fund, an Atlanta-based venture capital firm focused on startups led by women of color, is being sued by a group founded by Edward Blum, the man behind the recent Supreme Court case that struck down affirmative action in higher education.”
Because of course. 🙄
To relieve the pressure, plutes scapegoat other people based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, or nationality.
This provides an important resolution to the cognitive dissonance of meritocracy. The reason you're doing so badly isn't that you lack merit, it's that #AffirmativeAction has elevated unworthy people to the positions that *you* deserve.
Seriously, fck this dude.
Intimidation. Attempt to bankrupt the org & frazzle the founders so they abandon their work.
The purpose of racism is distraction & depletion of the subject’s resources.
This is violence.
A call to arms.
Legacy Admissions Are Actually the Opposite of Affirmative Action
These headlines' play on "affirmative action" reflects the right wing's use of the term to mean "unfair advantage."
Proud of #Wesleyan, my alma mater, for ending legacy admissions, but gotta admit my 2d thought was hey, my kid (who I never imagined going to Wes) won't get a benefit. In other words, I can see how giving up any #privilege (even one you didn't realize you had) can be scary. #AffirmativeAction #College #SCOTUS https://ctmirror.org/2023/07/19/wesleyan-university-legacy-college-admissions-supreme-court/
"Wesleyan University, a liberal arts college in Connecticut, is ending legacy admissions, which give a leg up to the children of alumni, just weeks after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action.
After the Supreme Court decision, legacy admissions came under heavy attack because the practice tends to favor white, wealthy applicants over Black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American students"
~ Vimal Patel
Wesleyan University, a liberal arts college in Connecticut, is ending legacy admissions, which give a leg up to the children of alumni, just weeks after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action.(article unpaywalled)
Highly competitive schools will not be permitted to factor race into their decision making, which reduces our access to these schools,” said UNM professor Wendy Greyeyes. “It is disappointing that the majority of supreme court justices don’t recognize that race is still a reality for our country.”
#indigenous #NavajoNation #affirmativeaction
Some #diversity efforts are ending or pausing after UNC System banned ‘compelled speech’
Elie Mystal argues: "As a result, the real upshot of the affirmative action ruling is this: Colleges and universities must now punish Black applicants by decreasing the enrollment of Black students, by any means necessary. That’s because the only way universities can show compliance with Roberts’s new rules is to show that they’ve decreased the number of Black kids they let into school. Anything less than that will likely trigger litigation"
The lawyers who made the #Venmo transactions were: #PatrickStrawbridge, a ptnr at Consovoy McCarthy who recently successfully argued that #AffirmativeAction violated the US constitution; #KateTodd, who served as WhiteHouse dpy counsel under #Trump at the time of the payment & is now a managing party of Ellis George Cipollone’s law office; #ElbertLin, the fmr solicitor general of WV who played a key role in a #SCOTUS case that limited the #EPA’s ability to regulate #GreenhouseGasEmissions; &
Race-based college admissions are now banned, but Texas schools still have ways to ensure campuses are diverse. | Via The Texas Tribune
Interviewed civil rights lawyer Anurima Bhargava who shared perspectives I haven't seen in media much on this topic. How narrowing the criteria of college admissions narrows our sense of self; the history of putting Asian and Black communities against each other; and the perverse recasting of Brown v Board of Education as some sort of "colorblind" moment in the US
The University of North Carolina, one of two American colleges at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of affirmative action, announces free tuition to in-state students from families making $80,000 a year or less. ABC News tells us more:
#AffirmativeAction #News #USNews
Edward Blum’s latest victory at the Supreme Court is the culmination of a long fight to take race out of college admissions. Is the workplace next?
So yes, let’s put our hands on the scales. Let’s lift up the folks we’ve been stepping on all these centuries. Let’s do it not only because its “fair”, because it is “justice”. Let’s do it for all the poor, uncertain white men. Let’s do it so those guys can, for once in history, know that they’ve *earned* their success instead of having it handed to them on a platter of oppression!
Even if someone *had* got a position because they were being favoured through affirmative action, *that would be okay too*! Because I don’t measure my success against where I might be if all of my unfair advantages had been left intact. When I succeed in life, I want it to be because I earned it. Me. Not my gender. Not my race. Not the generations of settler heritage behind me oppressing everyone else.
The great boogeyman of the day, to some folks who look like me, is *affirmative action*, this easily-misrepresented set of initiatives designed to actively unravel the entrenched, generational, systemic advantages that we have over folks who are just as deserving but look or sound different.
Am I the one middle-aged white guy around who *doesn’t* benefit from systemic bias? Unlikely. I have seen too many of my colleagues – women, racialized men, queer folks, and people with a rich intersectional blend of such labels – struggle in ways that I have not struggled.
I don’t want to overplay my own disadvantages. Since the moment I started as an instructor, I have had a sense of support and security that many of my precarious colleagues don’t have. I’d love to say that it’s down to my winning personality and can-do attitude, but I know that I live in an unequal society.
Yes, I, a cis-het white male who natively speaks the locally dominant variety of a global language, happen to have found myself in this category. But my presence here doesn’t erase the fact that the disadvantages experienced by contract instructors are part of a wider pattern of disadvantages aimed at women, racialized minorities, and other cultural “outsiders”.
There could be a whole other thread on how this undervaluing of teaching is related to who has historically opted for this sort of work. Folks who take a break from their career to start a family, for example (mostly women). Folks who are less able to fit into the traditional research-centred academic mold (members of racial and cultural minorities who have historically experienced explicit exclusion from higher education).
So, by saying that equity-based hiring decisions put me in this position, my colleague was dismissing many active choices that me and my partner made. These are choices that I do not regret: they were made in support of our family, of my work ethic, and of my own self-improvement.
Because I was being paid to teach, I undertook to do that as well as I could. I attended workshops; I refined and enhanced the courses I taught; I even gave presentations about my experiences. I *chose* to work on being a good teacher, at the expense of keeping my research portfolio current.
But one consequence of choosing this path is that I had little to no time for research. For every year that passed, then, I was less competetive for any tenure-track position that might come up; there would be more recent grads, with more recent research experience, competing with me for a position.
So, after a brief stint as stay-at-home dad, I began looking for and finding contract teaching work at our local public university. As the kids aged into preschool and then school, I was able to bump this up to nearly full-time, at least on a seasonal basis, and work on other academic projects that interested me.
That didn’t mean that tenure-track was off the table for me, but by settling in one city we had whittled my field down from thousands of universities to one or two. As an academic, I have a very specific specialty, and the odds that a university in our city would have an tenure-track opening for someone like me in any given year are very slim.