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What the Harvard Trial Is Really About

The plaintiffs have downplayed the role of affirmative action in the case, but their opening arguments on Monday showed that the issue is central.
Source: Brian Snyder / Reuters

BOSTON—In the days leading up to the trial accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian American applicants, supporters of the university worried that the group behind the litigation, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), would turn the case into a broader attack on affirmative action and race-based admissions policies. It’s one thing to say the use of race in admissions is negatively affecting a minority

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