Read about the panelists debating the proposition "It's Time to End Affirmative Action" in the latest in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.
FOR THE MOTION
John McWhorter is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a weekly columnist for The New York Sun. His academic specialty is language change and language contact. He is the author of 11 books, including Losing the Race, an anthology of race writings, and Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America.
Terence Pell is the president of the Center for Individual Rights. Before joining CIR in 1997, he worked as an attorney, and he served as deputy assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education from 1985 to 1988. He later served as general counsel and chief of staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Joseph Phillips is an actor and syndicated columnist who has written for many newspapers and magazines. His column appears in papers across the country and online. He was a 2005 Lincoln Fellow through the Claremont Institute and is the author of He Talk Like a White Boy. He is probably best known for his roles on The Cosby Show and General Hospital.
AGAINST THE MOTION
Khin Mai Aung, a staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, works on educational equity and youth rights issues, including affirmative action. In 2006, she worked with Asian-American education and youth advocacy groups to file an amicus brief in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning voluntary school desegregation plans.
Kimberle Crenshaw is a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Columbia Law School. Writing in the areas of civil rights, black feminist legal theory and race, racism and the law, her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review and other publications. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop.
Tim Wise is a writer and educator who has trained teachers, as well as corporate, government, media and law enforcement officials on methods of dismantling institutional racism. He has contributed essays to 15 books and is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White.
Robert Siegel, a senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine, All Things Considered, got started in radio news when he was a college freshman in 1964. As a host, Siegel has reported from Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Israel. Before joining All Things Considered in 1987, Siegel served for four years as director of NPR's News and Information Department.