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Click on a title below to access either an individual article (denoted by an asterisk) or a set of articles published as a Special Report. The issue of publication appears in parentheses.

Special Reports for " Sociology"

Should Race Be a Basis for Government Policy?

Should government be color-blind, at least in framing public policy, or can justice be served only through race-conscious measures?
Illustration by Emiko Ozaki/The World & I 

In his brief in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, Thurgood Marshall--then executive director of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP--gave a ringing enunciation of the color-blind principle, that race-based distinctions are ethically, logically, and legally impermissible for government. He wrote: "Distinctions by race are so evil, so arbitrary and invidious that a state bound to defend the equal protection of the laws must not invoke them in any public sphere." ...

Race-Based Programs Are on the Defensive
When, if ever, should government use race as a criterion for law or policy? ...

Race Should Be Used for Governmental Decision Making: An Interview With Paul Butler
Paul Butler is associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C. He was formerly with the ...

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