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For Discrimination

Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
Narrated by: Randall Kennedy
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice. What, precisely, is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify a boon or a stigma? Or is it simply reverse discrimination? What are its benefits and costs to American society? What are the exact indicia determining who should or should not be accorded affirmative action? When should affirmative action end, if it must? Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School professor and author of such critically acclaimed and provocative books as Race, Crime, and the Law and the national best seller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, gives us a concise, gimlet-eyed, and deeply personal conspectus of the policy, refusing to shy away from the myriad complexities of an issue that continues to bedevil American race relations.

With pellucid reasoning, Kennedy accounts for the slipperiness of the term affirmative action as it has been appropriated by ideologues of every stripe; delves into the complex and surprising legal history of the policy; coolly analyzes key arguments pro and con advanced by the left and right, including the so-called color-blind, race-neutral challenge; critiques the impact of Supreme Court decisions on higher education; and ponders the future of affirmative action.

©2013 Randall Kennedy (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • J. Knight
  • 02-01-2019

Wonderful

This was an enlightening, thorough, and well balanced review of affirmative action. I've read (listened to) several books on this subject, though they did not specifically target only affirmative action. It was great to get an in depth explanation and discussion of the history. I really appreciate Kennedy's efforts to share multiple perspectives and to honestly address challenges facing this imperfect remedy. As a bonus, the brief and candid Q&A at the end was surprisingly enjoyable and really helped to personalize the author. I enjoyed this and will seek out additional works but by Randall Kennedy. And the narration was good. It's often a toss-up when authors do their own narration. But with the exception of some occasional odd word emphasis, this one was well done; with good production quality and generally appropriate for the content.