Affirmative Action and the Mockery of Jewish Tradition
Jewish institutions can and should defend Jewish interests. But Jewish institutions can also seek out universal justice. For Jews, parochialism on the one hand and love for the stranger on the other are equally essential to a good and holy life. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the case that these aims come into conflict.
The constitutional challenge to affirmative action that will soon be argued before the Supreme Court is not one of these cases. For when it comes to the use of explicit racial discrimination in admissions to favor one set of applicants over another, the interests of Jews and the cause of equal justice happen to fall on the same side—against affirmative action.
About the Author
Jeremy Rozansky is assistant editor of National Affairs.