June 26, 2013

Does affirmative action still make sense?

A recent US Supreme Court decision renews debate over decades-old policy.

Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this  October 10, 2012 file photo. (REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana)

How much should race, sex and ethnicity matter when it comes to your job or university application? US affirmative action policies, designed to level the playing field, have been under fire since their inception in the 1960s. Proponents claim affirmative action improves diversity and provides opportunities to those who would otherwise be blocked. Opponents say the policies are outdated and amount to reverse discrimination. Does affirmative action still make sense? Join us at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Kendra Pettis @wriglied
TV correspondent, Racialicious

Ari Berman @ariberman
Contributing writer, The Nation

Yash Bhutada @ybhutada92
Student, University of Michigan

Jerome Hudson @jeromeehudson
Spokesman, Project 21

Kristin Tate @KristinBTate
Multi-media journalist

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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