Fisher v The University of Texas- Austin
"I'm hearing a lot about what it's not. I would like to know what it is."
-Chief Justice John Roberts
Posted on 10/11/2012
I'm not sure if you remember that huge controversy in 2008 between the University of Texas and Abigail Fisher. What about in 2003, Grutter v. Bollinger, a case in which the Supreme Court ruled that race could play a limited role in the admissions policies of universities?
Well, allow us to refresh your memory. The case, Fisher v. The University of Texas "was brought on by Abigail Fisher, a woman who was denied admission to The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, claiming that she was discriminated against on the basis of race." (Salon.com) She is pushing for the re-examination of the 2003 Supreme Court decision.
The trial began yesterday, 10 October 2012. The Court Justices focused on two main questions:
1. How the university uses race in admissions.
2. [Is] the university’s goal of achieving a “critical mass” of minority students sufficiently limited and defined to pass constitutional muster.
The real, age old question is, and what I believe Abigail is criticizing, should race play a part in any part of U.S. society? In my opinion, of course it should! No matter how many minortity students The University of Texas admits a year, minorities are still at a disadvantage overall. The majority of minorities (Blacks & Hispanics) live in low- income neighborhoods which directly affect the schools they attend. Without money in the neigborhoods, the schools suffer, the quality of education suffers and therefore the students suffer. There isn't much access bewteen these disadvantaged schools and commended universities.
Yes, the government should intervene and fix a problem they've worked so hard to develop; excluding minorities from predominately White institutions, neighborhoods, jobs and social statuses. This is not an issue of race, it is an issue of moral and social obligation. This "Affirmative Action", levels the playing field indeed. The majority have age- old priviledge(like old money) and some have affrimative action(like minimum wage).
Are minorities really to blame for Fisher's rejection? I mean, are minorities the only group benefitting from "special circumstances"?
A monumental case indeed that will affect the future lives and opportunities of minorities still struggling in this Post-rac... I mean... Post -Obama being elected- society.
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