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With Harvard on trial, so is affirmative action

LONG BEFORE IT OPENED IN U.S. DISTRICT Court in Boston on Oct. 15, the trial over the use of race in Harvard University admissions had all the makings of a landmark case. In fact, the case stands to reconfigure the place of diversity in the American educational landscape.

At its center is the oft-debated subject of affirmative action in college admissions. Those policies traditionally benefit African-American and Latino students in an effort to offset centuries of racial discrimination, but the lawsuit alleges that

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