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Orlando Patterson

‘Stunning progress’

The public arena has made great strides toward diversity — as Harvard’s evolution has shown — but some areas need to catch up, Patterson says



“The case is quite complex because now, due to a change in state law, affirmative action based on race is impermissible in Michigan, but affirmative action based on athletics, or legacy, or a host of other factors, remains legal,” said James Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Is that equal treatment or not? That’s a legitimately hard question to answer.”

It’s the who, not the what

Supreme Court's approval of Michigan ban on academic affirmative action focused on what voters can do, rather than on the outcome of their actions