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
Date Written: April 1, 2007
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
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