Discussion Group - Affirmative Action

  • September 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This discussion is inspired by a recent court case involving someone denied entry to the University of Texas at Austin. Here is a link to the Wikipedia account:



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  • Raúl

    Very spirited discussion!

    September 11, 2013

  • Iain C.

    Norton M, Sommers S (2011). Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing. Perspectives on Psychological Science; vol.6(3):[masked]

    From the authors' conclusion:

    "On the practical side, affirmative action policies designed to increase minority representation may focus Whites’ attention on the impact of quota-like procedures on their own access to education and employment, in effect threatening their resources. On the symbolic side, Whites may fear that minorities’ imposition of their cultural values represent an attack on White cultural values and norms, as evidenced by Whites’ resentment of norms of political correctness and the belief of many Whites in a ‘War on Christmas’."

    September 10, 2013

  • Iain C.

    There was a very interesting study I read a few years ago in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. You can see the abstract if you search under doi:[masked]/1745691611406922. The full article is behind a paywall, but maybe I can provide a copy for personal use via one of the moderators (Steve?) if people want to read it for themselves?

    In short, a survey across white and black respondents showed that the perception of anti-black bias seen by both groups has steadily decreased compared to the 1950s, but white respondents perceived a very clear increase in anti-white bias that was not perceived by black respondents.

    September 10, 2013

  • Eric #.

    Some background and implications:


    August 21, 2013

  • Irene

    I enjoyed this meeting: the topics as well as the people.

    August 15, 2013

  • Linda F.

    I'll be out of town. Y'all have another lively discussion!

    August 15, 2013

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