A Conflict of Principles PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

A Conflict of Principles free pdf "No state ...shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document held dear by Carl Cohen, a professor of philosophy and longtime champion of civil liberties who has devoted most of his adult life to the University of Michigan. So when Cohen discovered, after encountering some resistance, how his school, in its admirable wish to increase minority enrollment, was actually practicing a form of racial discrimination--calling it "affirmative action"--he found himself at odds with his longtime allies and colleagues in an effort to defend the equal treatment of the races at his university. In A Conflict of Principles Cohen tells the story of what happened at Michigan, how racial preferences were devised and implemented there, and what was at stake in the heated and divisive controversy that ensued. He gives voice to the judicious and seldom heard liberal argument against affirmative action in college admission policies. In the early 1970s, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen vigorously supported programs devised to encourage the recruitment of minorities in colleges, and in private employment. But some of these efforts gave deliberate preference to blacks and Hispanics seeking university admission, and this Cohen recognized as a form of racism, however well-meaning. In his book he recounts the fortunes of contested affirmative action programs as they made their way through the legal system to the Supreme Court, beginning with DeFunis v. Odegaard (1974) at the University of Washington Law School, then Bakke v. Regents of the University of California (1978) at the Medical School on the UC Davis campus, and culminating at the University of Michigan in the landmark cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003). He recounts his role in the initiation of the Michigan cases, explaining the many arguments against racial preferences in college admissions. He presents a principled case for the resultant amendment to the Michigan constitution, of which he was a prominent advocate, which prohibited preference by race in public employment and public contracting, as well as in public education. An eminently readable personal, consistently fair-minded account of the principles and politics that come into play in the struggles over affirmative action, A Conflict of Principles is a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to our national conversation about race.

About Carl Cohen

Carl Cohen is professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, USA and the author of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference.

Details Book

Author : Carl Cohen
Publisher : University Press of Kansas
Data Published : 30 October 2014
ISBN : 0700619968
EAN : 9780700619962
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 304 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews A Conflict of Principles



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • From Direct Action to Affirmative Action free pdfFrom Direct Action to Affirmative Action

    The nature of race-based employment discrimination and the proper remedy for it continue to be a topic of much - and often heated - public debate. Scarce..


  • Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan free pdfOccasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan

    Excerpt from Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology. University of Michigan: Numbers 62-90- 1918-1920 In 1913 an expedition from the University of Michigan excavated the Brier Creek Bone Bed in Archer County..


  • Left-Hearted, Right-Minded free pdfLeft-Hearted, Right-Minded

    Are conservative policies the best way to achieve liberal ideals. Former Bush Administration official (and former liberal) David B. Cohen answers that provocative question in the affirmative in a thought-provoking book that is certain to spark debate..


  • Colorado's Small Town Industrial Revolution Commercial Canning and Preservi ... free pdfColorado's Small Town Industrial Revolution Commercial Canning and Preservi ...

    Lee Scamehorn is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Colorado. Boulder. A veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. he earned an undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University..


  • What's Public About Charter Schools? free pdfWhat's Public About Charter Schools?

    This book provides an in-depth examination of educational policy surrounding charter schools. primarily in Michigan.Michigan has one of the oldest and most robust charter school laws in the country. providing important insights into how a large scale and national charter school movement might affect public education..


  • A Conflict of Principles free pdfA Conflict of Principles

    Free Download Ebooks ePub. "No state ...shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document hel