affirmative action

Rep. Abe Jones on the House floor

State lawmaker was angered by colleague’s racist comments, but chose to forgive

BY: - May 24, 2023

A white, Republican colleague’s question about whether Rep. Abe Jones was admitted to Harvard University in 1970 because he was a minority and a track athlete was only the second time the Wake County Democrat had experienced such an encounter. The first incident occurred several years ago during a party at UNC Chapel Hill when […]

Experts debate affirmative action in admissions at UNC as Supreme Court weighs the issue

BY: - March 1, 2023

Last week, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse began its 2023 series of public discussions with a panel on affirmative action in university admissions. This week, that discussion is available in its entirety on the program’s YouTube channel.   In late October the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases over affirmative action in […]

UNC program to spotlight affirmative action in admissions, abortion in public discussion series

BY: - January 12, 2023

UNC Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse will begin 2023 with public discussions of  affirmative action in university admissions and abortion – two divisive social issues, one now before the Supreme Court and the other a renewed battleground in state legislatures, including North Carolina’s. In late October the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in […]

Supreme Court admissions case from NC could help upend nation’s environmental justice laws

BY: - December 12, 2022

In recent years, more states have crafted environmental justice policies to help communities of color plagued by polluted air and water, poor health outcomes and limited access to green space. But now they fear that work could be upended by a pair of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases examining affirmative action admissions policies at universities. If the court strikes down affirmative action, many state lawmakers believe, the ruling could open legal challenges to “race-conscious” laws that seek to help marginalized communities.

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - November 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students […]

U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 2, 2022

Admission policies at UNC and Harvard to go before the Supreme Court this fall WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University […]

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

BY: - March 31, 2022

Conservative SCOTUS majority likely jeopardizes race-conscious admissions policies at UNC and Harvard WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, the nation's oldest private and public universities.


Appointing a Black woman to the Supreme Court is not affirmative action

BY: - February 7, 2022

The distorted misinformation about affirmative action is once again raising its ugly head around the potential nomination of a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. Before any qualified, likely overqualified, Black woman is nominated for the Supreme Court, her reputation is being tainted by the notion that the only reason she is being considered is because of affirmative action.


Gene Nichol: The absurd practical effect of Johnston County’s school curriculum censorship policy

BY: - October 27, 2021

Be sure to check out this morning’s on-the-mark op-ed from UNC law professor Gene Nichol that’s featured in Raleigh’s News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer. In it, Nichol details an important recent federal court ruling on the issue of race-conscious admissions at the University of North Carolina and how it illustrates the utter absurdity […]


Civil rights groups celebrate federal court ruling in favor of affirmative action at UNC

BY: - October 19, 2021

As has been reported by an array of national news outlets, (click here to check out coverage from the New York Times and Washington Post), a federal court ruled yesterday in favor of the UNC-Chapel Hill’s affirmative action policy. This is from the Times: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may continue using […]

Busting the myths about affirmative action

BY: - August 18, 2017

As the federal government moves to investigate the perceived harm that affirmative action has inflicted on white college hopefuls, it’s important to separate truth from fiction. This investigation is powered largely by myths. The truth is, people of color continue to face barriers to higher education and economic stability. And affirmative action hasn’t gone far […]


Affirmative action = slavery? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shows how far conservative ideologues are willing to go

BY: - July 26, 2016

Good lord! Just when you thought America’s modern right wing was already pushing the envelope, along comes one of the Koch Brothers’ (and Art Pope’s) favorite governors to remind you once more of just how far these guys are willing to go in repealing the 20th Century. This is from a new column by national […]