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In this blog series, my analysis of the role of segregation in educational opportunity hoarding was more popular than my recommendation that affirmative action in higher education emphasize place instead of race. My critics, as well as my supporters, often argue that the real issue is improving the K-12 pipeline to higher education. I agree. Of course that is easier said than done. The problem that education advocates, and indeed advocates of any form of government investment, must overcome is toxic, partisan gridlock.