Affirmative Action and After- Eubanks

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Back 8 page(s) will be printed. Record: 1 Affirmative Action and After. Eubanks, W. Ralph American Scholar; Winter2009, Vol. 78 Issue 1, p41-48, 8p, 1 color, 2 bw Article *AFFIRMATIVE action programs *BLACKS -- Race identity *AFRICAN Americans UNIVERSITY of Mississippi OBAMA, Barack UNITED States UNIVERSITY of Mississippi NAICS/Industry Codes923130 Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs) OBAMA, Barack The author argues that it is time to reconsider affirmative action. He reflects on the implementation of affirmative action at the University of Mississippi in the 1960s. He recalls his discovery about how his family was disadvantaged economically by choosing a black identity. He also indicates the implications of presidential nominee Barack Obama's candor about his white mother from Kansas and black father from Kenya which signaled a shift in American culture. The author concludes that his generation of African Americans got a better future because of affirmative action. 3380 00030937 35717471 Academic Search Premier Affirmative Action and After Now is the time to reconsider a policy that must eventually change. But simply replacing race with class isn't the solution. A recent column in the alumni newsletter of my alma mater, the University of Mississippi, is headlined "We Have Legacies." The quote is lifted from the column and would ordinarily evoke the world of Southern landed gentry. A photograph on the page, however, shows the author to be an African-American woman, thereby turning another Old South stereotype on its head at a school that already has cast off many symbols of its all-white history. The battle flag of the Confederacy is no longer displayed at Ole Miss football games, for instance, and "Dixie" is no longer sung loudly in the stands. The author is my former classmate and a member of the Ole Miss student hall of fame, as are her daughter and numerous other African-American alumni. She notes certain Title: Authors: Source: Document Type: Subject Terms: Geographic Terms: Company/Entity: People: Abstract: Full Text Word Count: ISSN: Accession Number: Database: Page 1 of 7 EBSCOhost 3/24/2009 ..
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responsibilities associated with what she calls legacy status at Ole Miss, such as leadership and humanitarian spirit. She writes passionately about second-generation members of black families now enrolled there and praises those whose courageous sacrifices made it all possible, including "people of various races, backgrounds, and age groups." "I am the beneficiary of those sacrifices," she wrote. So am I, I thought. Since its founding in 1848, Ole Miss has reluctantly relinquished traditions; until nearly
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