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You Can Ban Affirmative Action, but Can You Enforce That Ban?

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You Can Ban Affirmative Action, but Can You Enforce That Ban?

The Hill May 11, 2022
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The civil rights laws of the 1960s banned racial discrimination in many areas of public life. But they are difficult to enforce. Absent a smoking-gun confession of intent, it is hard to prove that race, specifically, was the reason a person wasn’t offered a job or an apartment. This, in turn, has led to intense battles — in the law and in social science — over what, exactly, should count as proof of discrimination. 

If, as expected, the Supreme Court soon curtails or eliminates the use of race in college admissions, conservatives will learn these lessons anew. Today, many colleges outright admit using race as a “plus factor” in admissions decisions, and that practice will certainly stop. But there are many quieter ways to go about engineering a school’s racial balance.

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Robert VerBruggen is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow him on Twitter here. Based on a new report.

Photo by Drazen_/iStock

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