Affirmative Action

Shikha Dalmia on the Lost Cause of Affirmative Action

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Diversity
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Last week's Supreme Court ruling in Schuette vs. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action is more damaging for racial preferences than first meets the eye. Even though the court has left it upto the states to determine whether or not to use such policies to advance the cause of racial justice, over time, given their unpopularity, the momentum will be on the side of those that reject them, notes Shikha Dalmia.

Racism is not dead, but neither are we living in its heyday. This will affect America's zeitgeist, particularly because it is getting so diverse and one simple narrative of the oppressor white class and the oppressed black class will no longer capture the realities of other minorities.

So does this mean that progressives should abandon the cause of racial justice and pack up and go home?