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Respect’s winter 2024 issue contains articles on affirmative action, gender-affirming care bans and caste discrimination. A PDF of  the winter issue can be downloaded or individual articles can be read and printed from Respect’s blog, The Rundown.

Any questions, contact the editor of Respect, Jodi L. Miller. She can be reached via email at jmiller@njsbf.org.

Here are the headlines from the winter 2024 issue:

Affirmative Action in College Admissions Is Struck Down

In June 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that ended affirmative action in higher education. The Court’s decision reverses decades of legal precedent, ending a longstanding practice where colleges could consider a person’s race in the admissions process.

The term “affirmative action” was first coined in an executive order issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The order referred to measures designed to achieve “non-discrimination” in employment. Eventually, affirmative action became a policy—applied in various settings—designed to eliminate unlawful discrimination among applicants. The intent was to remedy prior discrimination, as well as prevent future discrimination. READ MORE

Transgender Teens Face Discrimination from Gender-Affirming Care Bans

The teenage years can be tough for a lot of people—peer pressure, social angst, academics, etc. Transgender youth must navigate those issues too, as well as special healthcare concerns.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy organization promoting equity for the LGBTQ+ community, 22 states now have laws or policies in place banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors, aged 13 to 18. New Jersey does not have a gender-affirming care ban; however, more than 35% of transgender youth live in states that do.  READ MORE

Caste Discrimination Comes to the U.S.

In recent years, America has seen growing discussions and legal debate on a form of discrimination that has its roots in some communities from the South Asian diaspora, one of the largest and fastest-growing immigrant communities in the United States. Though caste discrimination was outlawed in India and other South Asian countries decades ago, data and surveys show the practice persists, and has made its way to the United States.

According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving immigration policies through research and analysis, the United States’ Indian population—people either born in India or who have Indian ancestry—started growing in the 1980s. Today, according to U.S. Census figures, America’s South Asian diaspora, which includes those from India, as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka—totals more than 4 million.  READ MORE

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