From same-sex marriage and voting rights to affirmative action, a look at the controversial cases to come.
Racially saturated issues like the death penalty, welfare, and affirmative action have faded from political debate.
Evans believes that “it puts us a hundred years behind of affirmative action is abolished.”
A term referring to various government policies that aim to increase the proportion of African-Americans, women, and other minorities in jobs and educational institutions historically dominated by white men. The policies usually require employers and institutions to set goals for hiring or admitting minorities.
Note: Affirmative action has been extremely controversial. Supporters maintain that it is the only way to overcome the effects of past discrimination and promote integration. Critics dismiss it as “reverse discrimination,” denying opportunities to qualified whites and men. (See Bakke decision).