February 25, 2005: Headlines: COS - Turkey: Civil Rights: Affirmative Action: Law: WUSA: A conversation with Elaine Jones, former President of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP about where Affirmative Action is now

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A conversation with Elaine Jones, former President of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP about where Affirmative Action is now

A conversation with Elaine Jones, former President of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP about where Affirmative Action is now

A conversation with Elaine Jones, former President of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP about where Affirmative Action is now

JC & Friends: Elaine Jones

Written by JC Hayward

Created:2/25/2005 5:50:18 PM

Last Updated:2/26/2005 10:23:09 AM

In recognition of Black History Month JC & Friends has been looking at issues important to the African American Community.

Affirmative Action set up public policies and initiatives to help eliminate past and present discrimination. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act said it was against the law to discriminate in employment. Recently, I had a conversation with Elaine Jones, former President of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP about where Affirmative Action is now.

In 2003 the Supreme Court upheld Affirmative Action but split on how far it should go. In a case involving the University of Michigan Law School, the justices said that the use of race can be used as a factor for admission, but the court added; using race violates the equal protection clause and should not be the determining factor.


Elaine Jones: We still have a long way to go, because race, although we don’t like to talk about it, is still a factor in how this country functions.

Our young people have to understand, for every door that opened, they’ve got to prepare themselves as best they can to walk through it. That’s some opportunity there. The opportunity that’s available needs to be seized.

JC Hayward: What is the future of Affirmative Action?

Jones: If we had done what the court permitted us to do, which was to reach out and be inclusive, we wouldn’t need Affirmative Action today. We didn’t fully follow what the court indicated we could do. We fought it, we fought it. I mean, this country, you know “what, we’re letting folks come in and we’re letting race be a factor!” Race has been a factor in exclusion, historically. So why not now in inclusion? Not saying forever, but for a period of time. So, in 1975, had we done for that thirty years, 2005, what the court has now told us we need to apply and do for the next thirty years.. if we embrace it and use it, we may not need it thirty, thirty-five years from now. But, if we continue to drag our feet and not give these kids an opportunity, not give these parents an opportunity, not give these families an opportunity, not to spread the resources around in a bit more equitable fashion, we’re going to need affirmative action for a long, long time to go. Thirty years will not be enough. It depends on our attitude and the nation’s approach.

-Interview End

Presently, Elaine Jones is fighting for full voting rights in Congress for the District of Columbia.





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