I’ve got a whole bunch of awesome irons in the fire at the moment, but that means that I don’t have as much time for writing new material (hence the number of guest posts recently). However, I have been thinking a lot about affirmative action recently, and I thought it would make sense to repost an older article I had written.
I recently had a student come up to me after I gave a presentation at a conference, and he said something I often hear from young White people: “I agree with most of what you said, but you didn’t talk about the ways that White people are institutionally discriminated against.” When I asked him to clarify what he meant, he said, “Well, like affirmative action, for instance. It is reverse racism!”
Considering how often this sentiment is expressed and considering the recent debate about what reparations can and…
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