Hobson wants to make clear, “I’m not here to complain. I’ve been treated well by people of all races more often than not. I have succeeded in my life more than my wildest expectations. I tell the uniform story because it happened. I tell the race stats because they are real.” And furthermore, those continuing problems threaten to rob future generations of their opportunities.
We need to have other voices in the conversation – voices that explain the importance of affirmative action for every student and for our society as a whole. The leaders of our corporations, our institutions of higher education, and our military know from their experience the importance of diversity in our classrooms.
In 2003, the Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger that public colleges and universities could consider the race of applicants in selecting a class of students with the diversity to succeed in the modern world. A brief submitted to the Supreme Court by several large corporations explained that students could develop “the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace” only through interactions inside and outside the classroom with “widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.”
- Justice Scalia: Constitution is ‘dead’ (tv.msnbc.com)
- Why Judges Can’t Hear Each Other on Affirmative Action (theatlantic.com)
- When a Justice attains celebrity status (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
- The Next Affirmative Action (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Fisher v. Texas: Affirmative Action for Whites Only? (corporatejusticeblog.blogspot.com)
- “A Call To Action: by Cleve Jones and David Mixner (davidmixner.com)
- On discussing part of our path to the ICJ (cayobuay.wordpress.com)
- John Kerry Wants US Involved In UN Pro-Abortion Treaty (freedomoutpost.com)
- Eminent judges to give New College of the Humanities Colloquia (prweb.com)