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Abstract: This thesis uses Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Frantz Fanon`s
theory of violence to explore the questions: What discourses on race and affirmative action
have the Supreme Court constructed and how do they connect to larger U.S. ideologies
surrounding race? To answer these questions I conduct a Critical Race discourse analysis of
three anti-affirmative action court cases: Grutter v. ... read moreBollinger (2003), Parents Involved in
Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (2007), and Abigail Fisher v. University
of Texas Austin (2013). I describe the Court`s use of a "race-neutral aspiration"
discourse, a "cultural deficit" discourse, and a "White racial innocence" discourse to
undermine affirmative action. I argue that these discourses are part of larger racial
ideologies--colorblindness and post-racialism--where racial difference is violent toward
people of color, as it decouples race from power. The conclusion of this thesis discusses
this violence at selective universities, particularly through diversity.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Education.
Advisor: Freeden Oeur.
Committee: Karen Gould, and Sabina Vaught.
Keywords: Higher education, Ethnic studies, and Law.read less