SOUTH AFRICA: University divided on affirmative actionThe New York Times.
South Africa's finest university is now resplendently multi-racial. But it is also engaged in a searching debate about just how far affirmative action should go to heal the wounds of an oppressive history, echoing similar conflicts in the United States, where half a dozen states have banned the use of racial preferences in admissions to public universities.
The university was supposed to have settled this debate last year when its professors, 70% of them white men, supported a policy that gave admissions preferences based on apartheid racial categories to black, mixed-race and Indian students. Instead, unease with the current approach has spilled out over the past year in fierce exchanges on newspaper editorial pages and formal debating platforms.
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