The Sad Irony of Affirmative Action

Gail Heriot has a powerful affirmative action piece over at National Affairs. Her piece elaborates on the important work of Richard Sander, who guest blogged here last year. They contend — and offer compelling empirical evidence — that affirmative action affirmatively harms its supposed beneficiaries. In the last paragraph, Gail wonders whether this argument will affect the Court’s analysis in Fisher v. Unviersity of Texas. For what it’s worth, I think that Justice Kennedy, at least, will find this point very compelling indeed.