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June 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM

U.S. Supreme Court rules on affirmative action, Washington state takes note

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action gave a reprieve to the use of race in higher education enrollment decisions. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 7-1 majority, underscored the value of diversity but was clear that use of affirmative action to promote diversity and maintain a level playing field had to…

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Comments | Topics: affirmative action, colleges, higher education

June 25, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Supreme Court voids part of Voting Rights Act for not reflecting racial progress

Supreme Court watchers and those listening to debates on race probably knew this day was coming. The U.S. Supreme Court about 20 minutes ago voided a key part of the Voting Rights Act. Deep breath. The court did not question the validity or need for federal vigilance to keep polling places open to minorities, mainly…

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Comments | Topics: 1965 Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, discrimination