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Multiracial Identity and Affirmative Action


Nancy Leong


University of Denver Sturm College of Law

April 1, 2007

UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2007

Abstract:     
This article examines the relationship between a categorical, box-checking race classification system and the diversity-based, higher education affirmative action regime approved by the Supreme Court. It concludes that the two systems are inconsistent: the mere act of checking a box does not indicate anything about the diversity that an applicant might or might not bring to a school.

Moreover, the article concludes that box-checking classifications systems are inconsistent with multiracial identity itself. Sociological research collected in the article suggests that multiracial identity is fluid and nuanced; it cannot be captured by the mere act of checking a box on a form. Forcing multiracial applicants to describe their racial identity in this way is both tyrannical, and, ultimately, inaccurate.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: multiracial, race, affirmative action, education, box-checking, race classification

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Date posted: December 15, 2008 ; Last revised: September 9, 2012

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Leong, Nancy, Multiracial Identity and Affirmative Action (April 1, 2007). UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1316031 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1316031

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