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Multiracial Identity and Affirmative Action

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

34 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2008 Last revised: 9 Sep 2012

Nancy Leong

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: April 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.

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

Suggested Citation

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

Nancy Leong (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

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