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She suggests using poverty, rather than race, as a trigger for affirmative action.
  policies designed to create a more egalitarian society by providing advantages to groups that previously suffered discrimination
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In education, affirmative action is traditionally aimed at selected racial minorities. In employment policy, it is typically aimed at women as well as selected racial minorities. Institutions, including the Supreme Court, struggle to support the goal of a more egalitarian society while protecting the rights of individuals who are directly disadvantaged by affirmative action.
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  • She suggests using poverty, rather than race, as a trigger for affirmative action.
  • This is one reason that affirmative action programs are so controversial.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He’s the vice president of somethin’ or other-some office they created when affirmative action was real popular.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • We do a good job with affirmative action at our company.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian

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  • The justice is rolling, cutting swiftly across the terrain of affirmative action and quotas and something he calls the "liberal elite," his hand chopping the air for effect.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • We were also committed to extensive affirmative action measures in both the private and public sectors.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Walled in boredom, hard work, or "culture," the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • My new battlefields are affirmative action, illegal immigration, and institutional racism.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • If we were talking about some thorny issue like welfare reform or affirmative action he would say like a reporter both unctuous and angling, "Mr. Park, if you would tell us the Korean-American position on this please."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • John Baugh says, "For far too long the quest for racial equity has pushed hot buttons like affirmative action, while ignoring the importance of corresponding linguistic buttons altogether; that cycle must be broken if race relations in this country are ever to improve."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?

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  • In fact, an attack on the University of Michigan’s affirmative action program recently went all the way to the US Supreme Court.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The University of Michigan law school, like many elite US educational institutions, uses a policy of affirmative action when it comes to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It’s also the second reason Michigan Law School couldn’t find a difference between its affirmative action graduates and the rest of its alumni.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Of the many issues to discuss, affirmative action is proving the ideal back-to-school subject.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • At Brown, like most top private institutions, affirmative action is offered to "less qualified" and "underrepresented" minority students.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Once they arrive, affirmative action kids are generally left to sink or swim academically.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It would take years, and money, and a whole different educational track to bring some affirmative action students to a level where they could compete.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • At this point, affirmative action is the last thing he wants to hear or think about.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • For them, Brown doesn’t have to offer affirmative action.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Affirmative action can be subtly woven into grading.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Faculty club interlocutions over "publish or perish" or how affirmative action exacerbates the conflict between the magnetic lecturers and the dogged scholars are not on Cedric’s radar.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Just once, he’d like to rant a bit, to let a ghetto kid like this know that the affirmative action deck has been stacked, that the best of intentions, these days, mostly mean embracing upwardly mobile blacks and Hispanics who are likely to succeed, and that he shouldn’t blame himself for not being able to keep up with the others.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He was just another name on the pile-with sterling grades, a moving essay, though sub-par SATs-who was accepted under Brown’s affirmative action admissions policy.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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