EllisonReport Nov 27: #AffirmativeAction; Polling Pitfalls; Danger Rhetoric; #Racism & Textbooks

Nov 29, 2015

This week’s installment of The ER: comparing race-based and class-based affirmative action: which one is it? The troubling aspects of the language employed in this election. Examining the policy response to migration trends. The future of polling. Is Trump trending from his frontrunner status? The linkage between racist cops – and history textbooks.   


This week’s installment of The ER: comparing race-based and class-based affirmative action: which one is it? The troubling aspects of the language employed in this election. Examining the policy response to migration trends. The future of polling. Is Trump trending from his frontrunner status? The linkage between racist cops – and history textbooks.    

 

Tel Aviv University sociologist Sigal Alon makes an intriguing compare and contrast between the United States and Israel on the question of affirmative action. Should we keep affirmative action in college admissions? And which model do we rely on: race-based or class-based? (Listen at 1:00) 

 

Political analyst Peter Groff (@petercgroffoffers thoughts on the incendiary and unchecked rhetoric employed by Republican presidential candidates. Should media play a more aggressive role beyond just regular fact-checking of candidate statements? Where is this headed? (Listen at 13:46) 

 

Migration Policy Institute’s Kathleen Newland (@MigrationPolicy) discusses the policy response to the Syrian refugee crisis, what’s worrisome about it. Any chance at comprehensive immigration reform? Making a distinction between refugees and immigrants (Listen at 22:10) 

 

University of South Florida’s Susan McManus (@DrSusanMcManus) talks about the future of the polling industry. Despite questionable results and bad outcomes, why we still need polling. What’s causing the decline of polling, though? How do pollsters adapt to a rapidly changing demographic environment (Listen at 31:55) 

 

University of Texas’ Naomi Reed (@bethwritesdiscusses a very unique and peculiar linkage between racist law enforcement and the history textbooks kids in school read. Why should we take Black History seriously? (Listen at 40:14) 

 

Lincoln Park Strategies’ Stefan Hankin (@LPStrategies) explains signs of a slight downward polling trend for Donald Trump. The difference between Trendency and Average Analysis. Is this a temporary drop or just a bump in the road towards primary glory? (Listen at 50:11) 

 

ER 11.27.15 Edition Team: 

Charles D. Ellison – Host & Executive Producer 

Andre Melton – Producer, WEAA 88.9 FM 

 

ER Music Credits 

“Witness Dub” - Roots Manuva (opening) 

“Compared to What” – Roberta Flack 

“Yeah – You’re Right!” – The Meters 

“The Trolley Song” – Cecile McLorin Salvant 

“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” – Ol’ Dirty Bastard 

“C.U.R.E.” – Boots 

“La Fine Equipe & Mattic” – Think 4 Yourself feat Astrid Engberg