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  • 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.

  • Sunday Dialogue: Using Race in Admissions

    10/06/12

    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.

  • It’s Not Me, It’s You

    10/06/12

    Mr. Aronson, an associate professor at New York University, has been a leader in investigating the effects of social forces on academic achievement. Along with the psychologist Claude Steele, he identified the phenomenon known as “stereotype threat.” Members of groups believed to be academically inferior — African-American and Latino students enrolled in college, or female students in math and science courses — score much lower on tests when reminded beforehand of their race or gender.