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The Death of Affirmative Action?Racialized Framing and the Fight Against Racial Preference in College Admissions$
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J. Scott Carter and Cameron Lippard

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201116

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201116.001.0001

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(p.189) 7 Conclusions
The Death of Affirmative Action?

J. Scott Carter

Cameron D. Lippard

Policy Press

The purpose of this chapter is to bring the discussion back to the broader ideas of the book: racism and framing by elite actors. This chapter discussed the insidious role of think tanks in enlisting Racialized Framing techniques (minimize race while also activating race through threat) to eliminate affirmative action from higher education and reproduce a system that benefits whites. This chapter returns to the idea that civil rights initiative in general are under attack by a few elite actors while support is found among diverse groups most affected by any changes to these policies. This chapter also highlights the broader problem with diversity initiatives within higher education and how they fail to eliminate the problems facing African Americans and other marginalized groups. In conclusion, the authors conclude that affirmative action is, in essence, dead because it has been stripped of its bite by past cases and because it now acts as a call-to-action for whites.

Keywords:   Racial Politics, Racialized Framing, Harvard University Affirmative Action case, Diversity, Color-blind racism, Group Threat

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