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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
The New York City Police Department has come under criticism in recent years for arresting people for trespassing in public housing, often for little or no reason. The trespassing arrests are a variation on the city’s broader, and highly controversial, stop-and-frisk program.
NYU professor Kenji Yoshino and Debo Adegbile of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund join the Melissa Harris-Perry panel to talk about how the Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments this week for Fisher vs. University of Texas addressing affirmative action.
Re “At Home, and Accused of Trespassing” (About New York column, Sept. 28):
Jim Dwyer reports that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg offered a “scoffing dismissal” to the suggestion that innocent people are wrongly charged with trespassing in New York City public housing.
Sandra Bookman will take a look at a controversial complaint that was recently filed with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the sole use of test scores for entrance to specialized high schools in New York City disproportionately excludes African-American and Latino students. She'll speak about the issue with Damon Hewitt, the director of education of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Esmeralda Simmons, the founder and executive director for the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
To the Editor:
The Supreme Court will hear arguments this month in a case with the potential to end the use of race as a factor in college admissions (Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin). Conservatives are eager for a sweeping ruling accomplishing just that. But their zeal betrays longstanding conservative values about states’ rights and the role of the courts. And the country is not exactly clamoring for the change they seek.