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Supreme Court Back in Session on Race and America’s Classrooms

With the Supreme Court today rehearing an important affirmative action case, we resurface ProPublica’s noteworthy take on <em>Fisher v. University of Texas</em>.

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Race on America’s college campuses has been in the news of late. Debates about diversity, free speech, safe space and more have raged. Adam Liptak, who covers the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times, even theorized the debates might affect the outcome of an affirmative action case the court is rehearing arguments on today.

In 2013, Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote a surprising and resonant story concerning the case, Fisher v. University of Texas. ProPublica again offers that article to our readers, along with a sampling of the recent coverage on the issue of race and the college campus.

Mizzou’s Racial Gap Is Typical on College Campuses


The number crunchers at 538 created their own portrait of diversity on U.S. college campuses:

The Supreme Court’s Threat to Campus Diversity

The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books previews what’s expected to happen in the rehearing of the Fisher case. “Most court watchers expect the Court to overturn the lower court’s decision, and question only whether it will do on so on broad grounds, calling into doubt all affirmative action programs, or on narrow grounds specific to the Texas case that will permit other affirmative action to survive — at least for now,” the story says.

What Role Do Asian Americans Have in the Campus Protests?

The Atlantic

Kevin Cheng wrestles with the question at The Atlantic.

Students’ Protests May Play Role in Supreme Court Case on Race in Admissions

The New York Times

The New York Times ponders whether the recent turmoil on campus could have an effect on the arguments and the justices on the court hearing them.

What Students of Color are Fighting for on College Campuses

Los Angeles Times

A columnist from USC’s Daily Trojan weighs in.

A Prescription for More Black Doctors

The New York Times Magazine

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ dispatch on the sustained success of a historically black college in Louisiana.

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