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Diversity or discrimination? A look at affirmative action in US and Malaysia

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31.10.2018

PART OF the recent drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States concerned speculation about how the Trump appointee would rule on fundamental questions of civil rights and individual liberties.

Much public and media attention focused on his potential role in undermining the right to legal abortion, should the new court overrule the landmark case law articulated in the Roe v. Wade decision, as many observers think the High Court may be poised to do.

Receiving less attention, but equally deserving of consideration, are questions about how justices appointed by Trump will stand on the issue of affirmative action policy.

A case heard in the US District Court on Oct 16, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard, will likely travel to the Supreme Court in the near term, challenging the constitutionality of the use of race in Harvard’s admissions decisions.

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Launched by a conservative political strategist who has sought unsuccessfully for more than a decade to use litigation to end the practice of affirmative action, the current case employs a new legal strategy.

Previous cases opposing affirmative action have featured white plaintiffs who claim they were denied slots at leading US universities due to preference being given to racial minorities, but the current lawsuit was initiated by the conservative group nominally on behalf of a handful of Asian-American students who claim that Harvard’s........

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