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Diversity's Strange Career: Recovering the Racial Pluralism of Lewis F. Powell, Jr.


Anders Walker


Saint Louis University - School of Law

November 18, 2009

Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 50, p. 647, 2010
Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-34

Abstract:     
Though diversity remains a compelling state interest, recent rulings like Ricci v. DeStefano and Parents’ Involved toll a menacing bell for schools employing racial classifications to admit minority students. Yet, defenders of diversity may find refuge in original meanings, particularly the original meaning of diversity as articulated by Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. in Regents v. Bakke in 1978. Virginian by birth, Powell’s interest in “genuine diversity” coincided with a forgotten version of pluralism extant in the American South during the first half of the Twentieth Century. Further, Powell’s conviction that diversity distinguished America coalesced during a trip to the Soviet Union in 1958. Recovering Powell’s pluralism not only sheds new light on the Justice, but might hold the key to new ways of thinking about diversity generally in university admissions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: powell, diversity, affirmative action, pluralism, Jim Crow, segregation, Bakke, Parents Involved, Seattle, Ricci, DeStefano, Segregation, Integration, Brown, myrdal, Cold War

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Date posted: November 19, 2009 ; Last revised: February 17, 2011

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Walker, Anders, Diversity's Strange Career: Recovering the Racial Pluralism of Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (November 18, 2009). Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 50, p. 647, 2010; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-34. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1508581

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