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Glenn Loury on Affirmative Action


Published May 9, 2023

Glenn Loury explains how affirmative action has been controversial since its inception, because it uses race as a basis of selecting applicants. However, affirmative action is not just morally gray; it can institutionalize disparities of individual performance.

Discussion Question:

  1. Why do some people seem to think that racial relations are worse today when they have been improving and are far better than they were even as recently as 50 years ago?

Additional Resources:

  • Watch “Not Buying It: Glenn Loury, Ian Rowe, and Robert Woodson Debunk Myths about the Black Experience in America,” on Uncommon Knowledge. Available here.
  • Watch “Glenn Loury Interview: Race Relations in America Today,” on Independent Truths via Independent Institute. Available here.
  • Read “Discrimination and Disparities,” by Thomas Sowell. Available here.