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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 27, 2013/ 19 Tammuz, 5773

'Diversity' means more than race

By Clarence Page

Clarence Page


JewishWorldReview.com | When the Supreme Court decided to send its latest hot potato of an affirmative action case back to a lower court for further review, civil rights veteran Julian Bond gave me a two-word reaction: "They punted."

Translation for non-sports fans: They dodged making the tough call, at least for now.

"At least, they did no harm," he added. Indeed, the conservative-leaning high court could have used the case of Abigail Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin to radically rule all race-based remedies for historic discrimination to be unconstitutional, as its right-wing members would like.

Instead the court voted 7 to 1 to send the university's race-conscious admissions plan back to a lower court for further review. A closer reading reveals an important message for our changing times: Diversity is a necessary goal, but the court appears to be recognizing that our society's standards are evolving, as they should, from strictly race-based diversity to class-based.

Affirmative action began as race-based program for good reasons. But those reasons are delivering rapidly diminishing returns in these times, while the challenges posed by income inequality continue to rise across racial lines.

The opinion by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ordered the lower court to apply "strict scrutiny" this time to make sure the plan is "narrowly tailored to achieve the only interest that this Court has approved in this context."

That interest, Kennedy wrote, is "the benefits of a student body diversity that 'encompasses a ... broad array of qualifications and characteristics of which racial or ethnic origin is but a single though important element.' "

In other words, as the court has held since the 1970s, a college or university can still take race into account but only after race-neutral remedies have been exhausted as a means to achieve the goal of diversity.

The idea of class-based affirmative action is rapidly growing in popularity across racial lines, particularly among the young. But, because of severe educational inequities and other class-linked problems, efforts to do it have not achieved enough racial and ethnic diversity, educators say.



In that pursuit, the Fisher case offers an important test of Texas' groundbreaking "Top Ten Percent" plan, enacted by then-Gov. George W. Bush in the 1990s. To attract diversity without explicitly mentioning race, it granted automatic admission to any teen who graduated in the upper 10 percent of his or her high school class.

In 2008, the year Abigail Fisher of suburban Sugar Land, Texas, sent in her application, students who entered through the university's Top 10 program took up 92 percent of the in-state slots.

It is not true, as some news reports have put it, that Fisher was kept out of Texas by her race, according to court documents filed by the university; her grades weren't high enough.

Fisher was a good student, but she fell short of graduating in the top 10 percent of her class. She and other applicants for the limited remaining slots were evaluated based on combined scores from grades, test scores and other achievements, plus "special circumstances" that included family economic conditions and race.

Yet, even among those students, court records show her grade point average of 3.59 and SAT scores of 1188 out of 1600 to be good but not slam-dunks for acceptance in one of the remaining 841 slots, court documents show.

Fisher also was turned down from a summer program, since discontinued, that offered provisional admission to some applicants who were denied admission to the fall class.

Although five minority students with lower combined scores than Fisher's were offered admission to that program, according to the university, so were 42 white applicants who also had scores equal to Fisher's or lower. Plus, the university pointed out, 168 minority applicants whose scores were the same or higher than Fisher's also were denied admission to the program.

Fisher fell short of being the ideal test case. That's just one good reason to send her case back for closer scrutiny. She went on to graduate from Louisiana State University, but she raised some important questions about how we can pursue diversity in ways that bridge more gaps than just race.

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