Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Without Some Affirmative Action, Bros Won’t Look At You

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Book Con. Miami Device. Vox Media. FiveThirtyEight. I see any argument against affirmative action as invalid. Time and again, I see clear examples of situations where there was a rather conscious decision to exclude because of “fit,” which is just doublespeak for “whatever’s normal and profitable to us.” Which is often to the detriment and ostracization of an “other.” Thus, …

Short Notes: Why We Shouldn’t Grade Schools

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On Junot Diaz, The Kennedy Center and Affirmative Action [Latino History Series]

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An awesome thing happened today when Junot Diaz, author of the meritorious and raw The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and more recently This Is How You Lose Her, won the MacArthur Award / Grant. As a fellow Dominican, my initial thought was, “Watch how many new cousins, aunts, and former lovers he suddenly has after the news breaks …

Actions Affirmative

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One of the teachers in my school said this in his ever-so-Dominican Spanish: “What some of these kids need is another option besides the regular schooling system. Not every kid can be an engineer, a scientist, or a doctor. Some of them would be better put to work as a mechanic, a plumber, or some other repairman. They need to …