On this “Back to School” episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss affirmative action, the case Plyler v. Doe, which ruled that Texas’ attempts to deny undocumented children access to K-12 public education was unconstitutional, and the recent Ethnic Studies win in Arizona. They debunk the myths surrounding affirmative action, break down 14th amendment jurisprudence, and emphasize the importance of Ethnic Studies for students of color. In lieu of our recommendations segment, we answer a listener email asking if we were too quick to chastise the white liberal woman whose parents voted for Trump. We hope you enjoy!
As a final FYI: This is our last episode until the month of October. We will be taking a break to travel and prepare for school. Please look out for our upcoming “chiquitasode”- a mini-episode where we share more about ourselves and our journeys to higher education.
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Deep Thoughts: White Affirmative Action
Some dope reads on the subject:
- 4 Key Points that Debunk Misconception around Affirmative Action by Taryn Finley via The Huffington Post
- “When Affirmative Action was White”: Uncivil Rights by Nick Kotz via The NY Times (reviewing a book by Ira Katznelson on white affirmative action policies that often discriminated against POC, specifically the Black community)
- Sonia Sotomayor Gets It Right in Michigan Affirmative Action Dissent by Robin Abcarian via The LA Times
- A historical overview of “A Long History of Affirmative Action – For Whites” on California Newsreel
Case: Plyler v. Doe
You can find the opinion and a recording of oral argument at this Oyez page.
The wikipedia on California Proposition 187 aka “Save Our State” (major side eye at this) and the wikipedia on California Proposition 227, which eliminated bilingual classes (it was repealed last year).
Current Events: Arizona Ban of Ethnic Studies Found Unconstitutional
Here’s the court opinion which has some sweet T in it.
Informative read: “Federal Judge Finds Racism Behind Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies” via NPR’s All Things Considered