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Commentary By Jason L. Riley

Who Says Justice Thomas Benefited from Affirmative Action?

Education Supreme Court, Higher Ed, Affirmative Action

He graduated Yale Law School. So did Bill and Hillary Clinton. Only his credentials get questioned.

In his memoir, “A Personal Odyssey,” the black economist Thomas Sowell explains one of the byproducts of racial preferences in academia.

“One of the ironies that I experienced in my own career was that I received more automatic respect when I first began teaching in 1962, as an inexperienced young man with no Ph.D. and few publications, than later on in the 1970s, after accumulating a more substantial record,” he writes. “What happened in between was ‘affirmative action’ hiring of minority faculty.”

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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