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R.I.P., affirmation action?

NPR and Fox News contributor Juan Williams wrote a Washington Post obituary for affirmation action, which he declared dead at age 45. He pointed to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the New Haven, Conn., firefighters case, saying it "cut the last legal underpinnings for affirmative action. Without protection from reverse-discrimination lawsuits, virtually every instance of affirmative action can now be forever tied in a legal tangle that chokes the life out of it." Williams concluded: "The bold national experiment that came to life 45 years ago with the equal employment section of the Civil Rights Act is now over — even if discrimination is not. It is time to think about how to deal with racial inequity without affirmative action."