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Examining the Paradox between Dismantling De Jure Segregation and Affirmative Action: Implications from Contemporary Higher Education Case Law

Tiffany Fountaine Boykin and Robert T. Palmer
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 85, No. 2, The 36th Annual Charles H. Thompson Lecture: Why Black Lives (and Minds) Matter: Race, Freedom Schools & the Quest for Educational Equity (Spring 2016), pp. 114-128
DOI: 10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.2.0114
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.2.0114
Page Count: 15
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Examining the Paradox between Dismantling De Jure Segregation and Affirmative Action: Implications from Contemporary Higher Education Case Law
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Abstract

The racial diversification of America’s higher education system has been at the forefront of legal argument for the last seventy-five years. Ground-breaking decisions birthed the inclusion of affirmative action policies in higher education after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In recent years, both the utility and constitutionality of race-based admission practices have been challenged, and in some cases, have threatened to destroy contemporary notions of diversity, fostered through affirmative action policies. As affirmative action policies continue to be attacked and ultimately prohibited in some states, many colleges are halting the use of race-sensitive admission practices. As such, the purpose of this research is to discuss a policy contradiction by which public postsecondary educational institutions are aiming to foster the racial diversity of their campuses. To help those institutions where the use of affirmative action is permissible, but leaders are fearful of doing so because of litigation concerns, this article provides several recommendations for institutions to promote racial diversity on their campus.

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