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The quest for diversity at California's state universities
The quest for diversity at California's state universities

The 40-year debate over affirmative action at state universities generally has been conducted in terms of general principles. At first, advocates emphasized the importance of compensating African Americans (and later others) for the effects of generations of discrimination, while opponents contended that the Constitution must be colorblind. Later, the debate shifted to the claim that there are educational benefits to a racially diverse student body, a rationale for preferences that the Supreme Court grudgingly has accepted. But always lurking beneath the high-minded discourse was the question of how racial preferences — or a ban on them — would affect my racial or ethnic group....

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