An Unlikely Alliance of Blacks and Asians

On March 9, 2020, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee approved House Bill H440,  a measure outlawing race-based affirmative action in state agencies, state contracting, and public education. The bill is currently on Idaho’s full senate floor for amendments. Once amended and signed by Governor Brad Little into law, H440 will make the Gem State the ninth to adopt a statewide ban on affirmative action. The other eight states are: California, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. In most cases, measures to ban racial discrimination and preferential treatment were passed by popular votes on the ballot. At the national level, we are also witnessing a descending trend regarding the legal parameters and public attitudes supporting race-conscious admissions. Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger and 2006 Fisher II have narrowly tailored race considerations in admissions to suffice compelling...(Read Full Article)
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