Phi Beta Cons

New Hampshire and Racial Preferences

In today’s feature story at The College Fix, Dartmouth junior Adam Schwartzman explains how New Hampshire’s legislature took bold action to ban racial preferences in hiring and college admissions.

Conservative lawmakers in the state adopted a stealth approach:

State Representative Gary Hooper, a co-sponsor of the New Hampshire bill, said that the ban encountered much more resistance when it was first introduced in 2000. He partially attributed the new bill’s success to a lack of vigilance on behalf of its opposition, who he believed were “caught off guard.”

Mel Gagarin of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund admitted that the organization, which has historically opposed such laws, was not specifically involved in New Hampshire.

(As a bonus, the story includes a quote by Phi Beta Cons own Roger Clegg.)

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