An important week for US race relations

info@islandpacket.comJune 27, 2013 

We continue to deal with our racial history, and we should. The Supreme Court has decided that affirmative action, the use of race as one factor in college admissions, can continue as long as means to that end are narrowly tailored to accomplish a compelling state interest -- diversity in higher education.

For those who waited excitedly for this conservative court to strike down race-based affirmative action, this decision is a blow. It should not be a surprise that the court recognizes, as with its earlier decisions, that public higher education has a legitimate interest in assuring a diverse student body.

Coupled with revelations that the South's most famous cook, Paula Deen, has admitted to and apologized for racial behavior that the rest of society deems unacceptable, this is an important week for U.S. race relations.

Our highest court has said that race-conscious remedies may be OK in achieving higher education diversity, and the court of public opinion has said that racist language and discriminatory employment practices are not OK.

Are we listening down heah?

David Grim

Beaufort

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