Nikole Hannah-Jones

What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Is Really About

Update, June 29, 2015: The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would again hear Fisher v. Texas, an affirmative action case in which a white woman claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. In 2013, the Court ruled narrowly on the case, requiring the federal appeals court that had ruled against the woman, Abigail Fisher, to re-examine her arguments. Last year, the appeals court again decided against Fisher, affirming that race could be one of the factors considered in trying to diversify the student body at the university.

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Will the Supreme Court Vote to Allow Segregation of America's Neighborhoods?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up one of the most important civil rights cases of the last decade. If you’ve never heard of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, you have company. The issue of housing segregation has never captivated the nation’s attention like affirmative action or voting rights.

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Judge Blasts Alabama School Board, Justice Department for Failure to Desegregate Schools

A federal judge in Alabama has taken the rare step of ruling against a local school board in a desegregation case, rejecting the board's claims that it had done all it could to end segregation in its schools.

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Why Has the Federal Government Stopped Enforcing Court Orders to Integrate America's Schools?

For decades, federal desegregation orders were the potent tool that broke the back of Jim Crow education in the South, helping transform the region's educational systems into the most integrated in the country.

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Dallas Accused of Using Federal Money to Fuel Housing Discrmination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has accused Dallas, one of the nation’s largest cities, of violating civil rights law through housing practices that discriminated against black, Latino and disabled residents.

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Would We Be Better off with Class-Based Admissions?

Affirmative action occupies a telling place in a nation painfully aware of its racial inequities yet painfully divided over how to solve them.

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