Jul 20 2007

Tammy Johnson on affirmative action and the Supreme Court, Rachel Morris on Sami al-Haj


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This week on CounterSpin: coverage of the June 28 Supreme Court ruling striking down a key element of affirmative action that promoted racial diversity in American schools featured opponents and supporters of the decision, but did it succeed in accurately describing the real extent of continuing discrimination? Or probing the meaning behind loaded terms like colorblindness, embraced by affirmative action opponents? We’ll talk to Tammy Johnson of the Race and Public Policy Program at the Applied Research Center in Oakland California .

Also on CounterSpin today, the Bush administration has lost several key legal battles over the past few years over the detention of hundreds of prisoners at
Guantánamo Bay. That has attracted sporadic media attention, but the plight of one particular detainee has gone largely unnoticed by the U.S. press, a fact made all the more notable because of who he is—a journalist. Does the fact that Sami al-Haj worked for Al-Jazeera explain the media’s lack of interest? Rachel Morris wrote about al-Haj for the Columbia Journalism Review; she’ll join us to share her thoughts.


Facing Race: Beyond the Supreme Court, by Tammy Johnson (Women In Media & News, 7/3/07)

Prisoner 345: What Happened to Al-Jazeera’s Sami al-Haj, by Rachel Morris (Columbia Journalism Review, 7-8/07)