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After Affirmative Action

By disallowing explicitly race-conscious admissions decisions by colleges and universities, the US Supreme Court at least has created an opportunity to think about more radical solutions to what is clearly a broken system. One especially worthy idea is to select deserving candidates by lottery.

BOSTON – The US Supreme Court’s decision disallowing explicitly race-conscious affirmative action in college admissions has intensified debates about privilege and social mobility in the United States. Elite colleges are central to these issues, and the disappointment felt among advocates of greater inclusivity and openness in higher education is understandable. But so, too, is the elation among Asian-Americans, who were discriminated against in the admissions process at institutions such as Harvard University.