The Debate Over Race Needs Minority Students' Voices

For several years, critics have waged a sustained attack on the affirmative-action programs that have changed the racial composition of America's formerly segregated elite colleges, universities, and professional schools. At stake is the degree to which African-American, Latino, and other minority students will have the opportunity to attend highly selective institutions.

Cases have been filed in Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, Washington, and elsewhere.