The Michigan Cases and Furthering the Justification for Affirmative Action

International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):1-12 (2004)
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In this paper, I endorse the decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. in Bollinger v. Grutter (2003). I argue that the educational benefits of diversity are an important enough state interest to justify the use of racial preferences and that, especially due to the absence of race-neutral alternatives, this use of racial preferences is narrowly tailored to that state interest. However, I also indicate that I am willing to give up my support for diversity affirmative action in the U.S. for a $25 billion a year education program to put in place a quality educational system K through 12 for every child in the country. Unfortunately, I have yet to find any critics of affirmative action who are also willing to support such a program.



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James P. Sterba
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Affirmative action.Robert Fullinwider - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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