Affirmative action may still serve a need and have a place in our society, but not on the basis of race. Rather, educational disadvantage may now be more tied to economics than it is to race and ethnicity. And so it’s time to rethink our policy.
Latin America is used to being short-shrifted by U.S. presidents. And despite problems at home and abroad, President Obama was right about going to Latin America at this time. It sends an important message about the importance of this vital region of the world, and helps to cultivate a stronger relationship with a burgeoning power in the global economy.