Category Archives: Education

Commentary: Affirmative Action by Any Means Necessary

After the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision limited some forms of affirmative action in Michigan higher education, voters in that state adopted a constitutional amendment in 2006 to ban affirmative action altogether. About 2.1 million residents voted to eliminate affirmative action, while 1.5 million voted to keep it. Just two years later, Barack Obama received nearly [...]

A new setback for racial justice in college admissions

By upholding Michigan’s ban on the use of racial preferences in college and university admissions, the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday dealt a new blow to racial justice. Technically the court ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2, a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions, is constitutional (a decision that [...]

Are Educated Black People Becoming An Endangered Species?

According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, nearly 40 percent of Black students attend schools that are more than 90 percent White, yet American classrooms have become far less diverse while becoming more and more culturally diverse. The same thing rings true in many of our publicly-funded state colleges and universities and thanks to the [...]

California bill reignites affirmative action fight

Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the nation’s most [...]

The Building Green Initiative Celebrates Earth Day Naming Ten Greenest HBCUs

   University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Florida A&M University, Spelman College and Howard University receive top ranking   Atlanta, GA -A comprehensive survey released on Earth Day by The Building Green Initiative (BGI) at Clark Atlanta University says historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are driving energy efficiency on their campuses and promoting sustainability through their policies, practices [...]

Resegregation, Ignored

African-American children in the South now have a 12 percent likelihood of attending an “apartheid school”—a school where white students make up fewer than 1 percent of attendees. Recent reporting from The Atlantic and ProPublica reveals that American schools districts now face the problem of resegregation, as federal judges lift desegregation mandates instituted to integrate [...]

The right way to help minority boys

The Obama administration recently hosted one of several conference calls with men of color as part of My Brother’s Keeper, a new five-year, $200-million White House initiative aimed at “helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential.” But according to the initiative’s website, as well as the National Center [...]

Black children rank last on milestone index

Despite great progress that grew out of the Civil Rights Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles remains” that prevents children of color, especially Black children, from reaching their full potential, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “Differences in opportunity are evident from the earliest years of a child’s life. Too [...]