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The Harvard Case Is About the Future of Affirmative Action

One day before Harvard goes to court to defend its admissions practices, two warring rallies made clear that the trial is about much more than just the university.
Source: Brian Snyder / Reuters

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Wednesday, the newly minted Harvard president Lawrence Bacow delivered a sober message to the campus community. In less than a week, he said, Harvard would be heading to federal court to defend its use of race in admissions. “This lawsuit has the potential to create divisions on our campus and in our broader alumni community,” he wrote. And on a brisk Sunday here, those divisions were remarkably clear.

One day before the start of the trial, two warring rallies revealed the deep fissures in the Asian American community over affirmative action. Supporters of

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