Edward Blum is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the director of the Project on Fair Representation. He studies civil rights policy issues such as voting rights, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. Prior to joining AEI, he facilitated the legal challenge to dozens of racially gerrymandered voting districts and race-based school admissions and public contracting programs throughout the nation. He is the author of “The Unintended Consequences of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act” (AEI Press, 2007). The book describes how in recent years the Voting Rights Act has caused minority voters to become pawns in partisan redistricting battles, diminished competitive elections, driven the creation of bug-splat-like voting districts, and contributed to the ideological polarization of voting districts.
Without census data that includes citizenship status, it is probably not possible for states and smaller jurisdictions to draw election districts that equalize eligible voters.
A university is more than the sum of its ethnic parts. It is comprised of individuals — some black, white, Asian and Hispanic — who should be admitted or rejected without their race or ethnic heritage making any difference. Let’s hope the Justice Department agrees.
Contrary to the alarms of the racial-advocacy groups and others, African Americans and Hispanics continue to register to vote and participate in elections at rates that meet and exceed whites.
Apart from the political questions, is asking about citizenship a good idea? This question must be resolved by April, two years before the census is conducted, and any census questions must have the approval of Congress.
A university is more than the sum of its ethnic parts. It is comprised of individuals — some black, white, Asian, and Hispanic — who should be admitted or rejected without their race or ethnic heritage making any difference.
With the leak of an internal Department of Justice memo seeking lawyers interested in discrimination cases in higher education, experts discuss the reopening of national affirmative action cases, specifically regarding Asian-American and white students.
The prize for the worst analysis to date about the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court should be awarded to Professor Richard Hasen of the University of California–Irvine Law School.
Last night, President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. AEI scholars are available to comment on the nomination and its implications for the future of the Supreme Court.
Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor could reaffirm, or significantly reshape, our nation’s jurisprudence in a handful of critical areas, but none as profoundly important as voting rights.
A great law that protected minority voters has in recent decades become a sword for politicians in both parties.