Understanding Public Perceptions of Affirmative Action

31 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014 Last revised: 10 Sep 2020

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Darrell Jackson

University of Wyoming - College of Law

Michele Moses

University of Colorado at Boulder - School of Education

Date Written: Spring 2013

Abstract

With the very recent re-election of the United States' first African American President and the Supreme Court reviewing the status of affirmative action, this is an ideal time to reconsider the political posture that race and, correctly or incorrectly, its legal correlation, affirmative action, hold with the public. Depending on who is asked, race is culture, ethnicity, nationality, pride, or a card. Similarly, affirmative action has been viewed as a cure, a disease, a Band-aid, a crutch, a future, or a dead end. Appropriate or not, race dominated the media's discourse during both of President Obama's elections. Until Americans find commonality of cause with the country's "original sin," redemption can neither be sought nor achieved. Each faction's assaults upon the other assure a continued static state. Within this article, we seek to make sense out of these varied public understandings and suggest methods for moving forward toward a more common goal.

Keywords: Colorado's Amendment 46, race, equal opportunity, affirmative action, civil rights policies, votes, state constitutions, higher education, Ward Connerly, ACRI, American Civil Rights Institute, deliberative democracy

JEL Classification: J71, J78, K39, K00, K49

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Darrell and Moses, Michele, Understanding Public Perceptions of Affirmative Action (Spring 2013). Kansas Journal of Law & Pubic Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399681

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Michele Moses

University of Colorado at Boulder - School of Education

United States

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