Asian-Americans and Affirmative Action

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.Asian-Americans Face Dilemma In Debate Over Affirmative Action

NPR Story from Nov. 2012

“Six weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case that challenges the consideration of race in college admissions…. petitioner Abigail Fisher’s main brief… asserts that the university’s use of race in admissions discriminates against Asian-Americans, who are deemed to be “over-represented.” Asian-American civil rights organizations filed briefs on both sides of the case.”

According to the article, an opinion is expected in June 2013.

Many Asian-Americans face a “model-minority” stereotype. How do you think this plays into college admissions? Should Asian-Americans be excluded from affirmative action policies? Are Asian-Americans as homogenous of a group as they are often treated?

“Being White in Philly”

Being White in Philly:  Whites, race, class, and the things that never get said. 

by Robert Huber, Published March 2013 in Philadelphia Magazine

“Everyone might have a race story, but few whites risk the third-rail danger of speaking publicly about race, given the long, troubled history of race relations in this country and even more so in this city. Race is only talked about in a sanitized form, when it’s talked about at all, with actual thoughts and feelings buried, which only ups the ante. Race remains the elephant in the room….”

Looking for something controversial to mull over?  Here you go!  Interested in other people’s reactions? There are plenty, starting with:

What do you think of the article or of the responses?

*Thanks to former Contemporary Racism student David Weiss for sharing this article.

“The Good, Racist People”

NY Times Op-Ed, by Te-Nehisi Coates

Forest WhitakerThe piece is about Forest Whitaker getting accused of shoplifting in a deli. I was particularly struck by this quote:

The promise of America is that those who play by the rules, who observe the norms of the “middle class,” will be treated as such. But this injunction is only half-enforced when it comes to black people, in large part because we were never meant to be part of the American story.

What do you find interesting, moving or surprising in this piece?