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A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case
The American Bar Association has announced that Elaine R. Jones, former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), will receive the organization’s 2011 Thurgood Marshall Award Saturday.
The Award, honoring the late Supreme Court Justice and LDF founder, will be given during a gala dinner of the association’s annual conference now underway in Toronto, Canada. It honors a recipient’s “substantial, long-term contributions to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the United States.”
While some of the gridlock among policymakers today can be chalked up to principled differences in political philosophy, some political stalemates are the result of policies that defy common sense. This most often happens when politicians ignore basic realities in order to further their own ideologies. This behavior is frustrating in any instance but is particularly galling when the needs of kids are involved.
Last month the NAACP Legal Defense Fund wrote the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to urge the commission to update its policy statement regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in employment screenings.
When the Supreme Court in 2003 narrowly approved the consideration of race in public university admission decisions, it came with loads of restrictions and a sort of expiration date.
“We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today,” Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote for the majority in Grutter v. Bollinger .