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    Myths

    LIE: New York City's stop-and-frisk policy reduces crime

    TRUTH: No research has ever proven stop-and-frisk to be effective

    LIE: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is outdated

    TRUTH: Events surrounding the 2012 election showed the Voting Rights Act is still needed

    LIE: States covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act are discriminated against unfairly

    TRUTH: States singled out by the Voting Rights Act have a history of racial discrimination

    LIE: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional

    TRUTH: The Voting Rights Act draws its authority from the 15th Amendment

    LIE: A "correct" reading of the Constitution does not allow affirmative action in higher education

    TRUTH: The text of the Constitution allows the government to take actions based on race

    LIE: There are viable alternatives to race-conscious admissions processes for colleges

    TRUTH: “Economic affirmative action” leaves students of color out of top colleges

    LIE: Affirmative action “mismatches” students of color with upper-tier colleges and would be better served at less-selective schools

    TRUTH: The “mismatch” theory about collegiate affirmative action is based on bad research