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  • Justices to re-examine use of race in college admissions

    10/08/12

    Heman Marion Sweatt and Abigail Noel Fisher both wanted to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

    Both claimed their race was a primary reason for their rejection. Both filed civil rights lawsuits, and the Supreme Court ultimately agreed to hear their separate appeals -- filed more than half a century apart.

  • Stop and Frisk, Part 3

    10/07/12

    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.

  • Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action

    10/07/12

    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.

    Part 1

  • Illegal Trespass Stops

    10/07/12

    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.

  • LDF Discusses NYC Specialized School Complaint on ABC7's 'Here and Now'

    10/07/12

    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.