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DDI09-BQ-Equal-Protection-Bad

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Equal Protection Bad Dartmouth 2K9 1 Equal Protection Bad Equal Protection Bad ............................................................................................................................................... 1 1NC EP discrimination ......................................................................................................................................... 2 EP discrimination ................................................................................................................................................. 3 EP discrimination .................................................................................................................................................. 4 2NC discrimination .................................................................................................................................................. 5 1NC EP racism ...................................................................................................................................................... 6 2NC racism .............................................................................................................................................................. 7 1NC EP gender discrimination ............................................................................................................................. 8 EP gender discrimination ...................................................................................................................................... 9 2NC gender ............................................................................................................................................................ 10 1NC EP kills liberty ............................................................................................................................................ 11 Courts CP ............................................................................................................................................................... 12 Net benefit .............................................................................................................................................................. 13 Last printed 1
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Equal Protection Bad Dartmouth 2K9 2 1NC EP discrimination Equal protection requires highlighting classifications that cause discrimination Siegel, Prof law, 97 Reva Siegel, Professor of Law, Yale, Stanford LR, May 1997, (49 Stan. L. Rev. 1111) This, of course, is not the prevailing view in our constitutional culture. Contemporary equal protection law is premised on a formal and historically static conception of "discrimination." Race or sex discrimination occurs when the state regulates on the basis of race- or sex-based classifications ; heightened scrutiny of such state action is necessary for the nation to transcend a "history of classitication” 5—the Court’s summary referent for the history of race- and gender— subordinating state action. This concept of classification defines understandings of discrimination , both historical and contemporary. When the state regulates on the basis of "facially neutral" criteria that have injurious effects on minorities or women, the Court presumes the regulation is constitutional and reviews it in a highly deferential manner.6 The Court will only strike down such regulation if it is shown to be adopted with discriminatory purpose—a concept the Court has defined as tantamount to malice. Last printed 2
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Equal Protection Bad Dartmouth 2K9 3 EP discrimination Notions of equal protection let the government get away with discrimination Siegel, Prof law, 97 Reva Siegel, Professor of Law, Yale, Stanford LR, May 1997, (49 Stan. L. Rev. 1111) Just as importantly, this body of equal protection doctrine supplies a language and a perceptual framework that shapes popular debates about race and gender equality . The governing equal protection framework identities race and gender-conscious remedies as pernicious "discrimination," while deflecting attention from the many ways that the state continues to regulate the social status of minorities and women, thereby constructing discrimination against minorities and women as a practice of the (distant) past . The social position of minorities and women thus appears to be a legacy of past discrimination—or the product of culture, choice, and ability—while the state’s continuing role in shaping the life prospects of minorities and women disappears from -view. In important respects, criticism of the Court’s decision to apply strict scrutiny to affirmative action policies exacerbates this dynamic.
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