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Growing C-D-R (Cedar): working the intersections of interest convergence and whiteness as property in the affirmative action legal debate.

Thompson Dorsey, Dana N.; Venzant Chambers, Terah T.
Race, Ethnicty & Education, 17 (1): 56-87 (2014)

DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2013.812628 Information about DOI

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In this article we extend Bell’s work on interest convergence by using Harris’ work on whiteness as property to articulate a cycle of interest convergence, interest divergence, and imperialistic reclamation, or convergence-divergence-reclamation (C-D-R, pronounced ‘cedar’). We then apply the C-D-R cycle lens to the evolution of federal race-conscious affirmative action legal cases in higher education and state anti-affirmative action policies that have emerged since the implementation of Civil Rights Act of 1964, and how these legal cases and policies are emblematic of the convergence, divergence, or reclamation periods. We also explore the incessant legal and political debate regarding race-conscious admissions policies.

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