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Historian Luiz Felipe de Alencastro: Speech Before the Brazilian Supreme Court in Support of Affirmative Action
The Brazilian Supreme Court occasionally calls for open public hearings on matters before it that are considered of great significance. When a complaint of the alleged unconstitutionality of affirmative action in Brazilian universities-- in the form of a charge of "Inconsistency with the Fundamental Principle"-- was brought to the Court, they held such a public hearing. Historian Luiz Felipe Alencastro, who recently appeared at U-M as part of the LACS Bate Papo Series, gave an address in support of affirmative action, and opposing the charge of unconstitutionality. The original of the speech can be seen on YouTube.
The following is an unofficial translation of his speech by Arthur Brakel.