Patt Morrison for August 10, 2010

Is it time to say goodbye to affirmative action?

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Affirmative action boasted equal opportunity for minorities when it was enacted in the 1960s. But times have changed, argues former Affirmative Action advocate and LA Times columnist Gregory Rodriguez.

Affirmative action boasted equal opportunity for minorities when it was enacted in the 1960s. But times have changed, argues former Affirmative Action advocate and LA Times columnist Gregory Rodriguez. Since the United States' minority population has rapidly increased over the past 40 years and we've elected our first African-American president, Rodriguez suggests that affirmative action is beginning to hurt poor whites, WASPS and Asians in both the workplace and in college admissions. While immigration may be at the forefront of national race discussion, Rodriguez is predicting a future in which a backlash against affirmative action will eclipse immigration as the focal point of our country's racial tension. Could affirmative action become an even more racially-charged debate than immigration? Do you think affirmative action needs to go or are we far from the "post-racial America" touted along with the election of an African-American president?

Guests:

Gregory Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times columnist


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