Affirmative Action in the Americas

Author
Tanya K. Hernandez
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Americas Quarterly
Volume
0
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Institution
Council of the Americas
Abstract
The Americas present many contrasting approaches to affirmative action. In the United States, the Supreme Court reaffirmed its constitutionality, while at the same time narrowing the ability to use race in the Fisher v. Texas case. In contrast, several Latin American countries are beginning to explore more dynamic affirmative action policies. While many of these policies are recent and still developing, the new Latin American interest in affirmative action programs indicates how useful such programs can be in pursuing racial justice. In fact, Latin America has in some ways gone much further in broadly embracing affirmative action as a human right-a key, perhaps, to the growing support for the concept.
Topic
Human Rights
Political Geography
United States, Germany, Latin America