Assessing Affirmative Action: A Conversation with Jason Riley


With the Supreme Court poised to potentially outlaw race-conscious admissions, Affirmative Action may soon be on the chopping block.

What will be the legacy of this half-century-old policy? Jason Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and columnist at the Wall Street Journal, discusses affirmative action's impact both on the black community and the broader American education system. Riley is the author of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell and Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

Riley's piece "Racial Preferences Harm Their Beneficiaries, Too" is here.

Riley's article "The College Board's Racial Pandering" is here.

Statistical evidence of the impact of racial preferences in college admissions, mentioned in the discussion is here.

Madison’s Notes is the podcast of Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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Annika Nordquist is the Communications Coordinator of Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and host of the Program’s podcast, Madison’s Notes. She graduated from Stanford University in 2021, where she studied Classics and Linguistics. She was also Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Review and a member of the varsity fencing team. Previously, she was a Research Assistant in Education Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

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