The Power of Independent Thinking

Affirmative Action: Pro and Con
Posted: Fri. January 23, 2015

Part 1: Introductory Remarks and Ward Connerly

Part 2: William Bagley

Part 3: Responses, Questions from the Floor, Concluding Remarks

Begun in the 1960s, government affirmative action policies are now in retreat in California, Washington, Florida, and many other states and localities in the U.S. Will such changes end America's racial divide or merely intensify it? Can the American Dream be colorblind or are racial preferences necessary to right the wrongs of past discrimination? Is affirmative action a force for fairness and justice or instead merely a "feel good" policy that cloaks the real barriers to social and economic advancement for the most disadvantaged? Ward Connerly and William Bagley, two distinguished members of the Board of Regents at the University of California, will debate this very timely and crucial issue.

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