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2.21.2012

Supreme Court Will Strike Down Affirmative Action?



A white girl, Abigail Fisher (and, for the life of me, I can't find a picture of her), was denied admission to the University of Texas.  She sued the school claiming UT's use of race in its admission policy violates the Equal Protection Clause.  So far she has lost.

But today the Supreme Court announced it will hear the case, and many believe it will reconsider the legality of using race in college admissions altogether.

Here's a fact I didn't know about the Evil Empire.  As of 2008,  a staggering  80% of its students had been admitted under the Top Ten Percent rule. I think that rule requires a high school student who graduates in the top ten percent of his class to be guaranteed admission in publicly funded Texas colleges.  In fact, the rule was supposed to help alleviate the whole Affirmative Action problem since that rule applies to all Texas high schools. So a black or Hispanic student in a predominately black or his Hispanic school would be guaranteed admission if he could finish in the top ten percent.

However, UT went one step further and favorably "considers" race of minorities in determining who will be admitted for those who don't qualify under the Top Ten Percent Rule. That's what Ms. Fisher claims caused her to be denied admission simply because she is white. Interesting stuff.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

She's correct. Racism is stupid no matter who it is directed against or for, no matter the reason.

UT is a university that is above the law in Texas. They have fought and won deregulation of tuition and fees, even though they enjoy public funding. Since that time they have made education less and less accessible to the residents of Texas, driving up tuition at an average of 6.1% per year since deregulation. of course the other public schools follow suit. Never mind that their athletic department is $50M+ in the black every year, since the laws have been written to allow the athletic department and education department of the university to be considered different entities, the excess of athletic money never enhances the citizens of Texas accessibility to education. It only allows UT another avenue to grow its wealth. And if you are of a race that isn't given favorable consideration and from Texas, you might never have the opportunity to experience the benefits... just help pay for it in taxes.

Upstairs said...

UT's admissions have always been race oriented.

I went to law school there. I got admitted the day before school started after being on the waiting list. Three years later, I graduated with honors.

Based on this experience, I started studying the admission criteria. I don't remember the exact numbers in my class, but a large percentage of the out-of-state students were female minorities. This way the school could fill three diversity criteria -- female, minority, out-of-state - with one person. Thus leaving more room for "the good ole boys" - white, male Texans. If you studied the percentages actually admitted, it was harder for a white female Texan to get into UT Law than any other section of the population.

Very unfair.

Anonymous said...

I thought Cheryl Hopwood and UT settled that on March 20, 1998.

Anonymous said...

She's absolutely correct!

Anonymous said...

UT is more evil than the city of Rhome.

Anonymous said...

What I've been "preaching" about for years--racism is USING "race"--in ANY direction, in a discussion/decision, etc. Therefore, some of our worst "racists" are so many of the "black" organizations/spokesmen/activists, because they refer to it all the time. They perpetuate racism, and any laws/policies that mention/use it perpetuate racism. The sooner we quit discussing/using it, the sooner we can actually get away from racist ideas and attitudes. Notice I put "black" in quotes. That's because we're all just different shades of brown (from light beige to dark brown). The only black people I've ever seen were pictures of charred corpses. :-)

King Luther Martin said...

Using race as a criteria is wrong in any setting. BUT, how do we as a society protect equality or ensure equal and fair treatment to all? It is apparent that society is not prepared to do that, as demonstrated by certain posters on this and other blogs and the political culture we live in now. Nor is there a better, reasonable, and humane solution than what we have in place being proposed by reasonable folks. One only has to look at the "Juan Crow" legislation in Arizona and Alabama to realize how easy it would be to return to a state of segregation-ism.

rangerjim60 said...

This may be moot. Somewhere in the not too distant future, those of hispanic heritage will be the majority. Then regular old white people will be a minority. Think that will change anything????? NOT

bordandstroked said...

Took my daughter to TWU a couple of years back to look at the school. Pretty obvious they practice the same thing. Of about 40 different girls that showed us various parts of the campus, 1 of these girls was white. I thought it seemed a little strange, that in this situation, it appeared that a white girl is outnumbered roughly 40-1. After looking around a bit more, it's that way everywhere.

Anonymous said...

11:28,
Easy, don't ask about race in applications. That way people are only considered by their merits. You are unwittingly damning one system for another that does the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Since IQ is race influenced then it stands to reason that more Orientals and Ashkenazi Jews would gain admission to our colleges and universities. And also, blacks would be not be as likely to get admitted because of their tendency for lower IQs. This is not racism, it is science.

BigTex said...

Affirmative Action: When second best is good enough....or third best.....or fourth best....

Anonymous said...

When I fly American, I always ask for a flight that has as a pilot that is least qualified and was hired strictly because of his race. It makes me feel so much better about myself and my fellow weenies.

Robert said...

I was admitted to Texas on my own merit. There was no Top Ten Percent rule for baby boomers.

Baylor, TCU, Tech, North Texas and others were for students who couldn't gain admittance to The University.

Hawg Wire said...

Stolen from Denny Crane

Racism Reality

One of the best lines I've heard lately was from a retired shop foreman at the old Republic Steel plant in Cleveland OH ....when a young black kid was being laid off. The black kid said to the shop foreman: "You're firing me because I'm black!"

The foreman thought a moment and replied "No, we hired you because you were black... We're firing you because you are useless!"

Anonymous said...

How about requiring that all heart surgeons performing surgery on federal judges, congressmen, senators and lawyers be selected equally from among the ethnic groups based on their percentage of the population?

Jack Daniels said...

The University? Oh please.

Anonymous said...

I do my part to keep Al Sharpton and Jessie HiJackson employeed by keeping racism alive.

Anonymous said...

I passed up UT for Baylor.

Thanks though.

Rage

Triple Fake... said...

robert:
My bet is you're the only one who calls it The University on a regular basis, because it sounds as if you were admitted on your own ego.
Not sure what the point of your bragging is. Are you saying that since the rule was implemented, the ten percenters haven't earned their way into your (sorry!) - The University?

Do you realize that two of the other four schools you listed (that's half, college boy!) are private, faith-based universities? Therefore, the attraction for those is different than a state school, and probably were the first choices for most of their students

Anonymous said...

.....and THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS thanks you Rage!!!

Anonymous said...

I passed up UT for Columbia...

The University...please!

Anonymous said...

Big Tex,

Any reason you've chosen that pic as your avatar?

Anonymous said...

Robert... sounds as if you still exist with a chip on your shoulder. I mean there is just NO WAY anybody could choose to attend any other college, right?
What a buffoon.

Jack Daniels said...

I passed up TU to slam my pec*er in a car door.>

Anonymous said...

"Robert," are you white? When did you attend UT? I ask because you personal anecdote, most likely, has no merit in this discussion. If you aren't white, then you truly will never know if you got in on your own merit. On the other hand if you are white, then you will never know if your merit would have been good enough if you were a minority.

Race can be left off applications; so let's pick the minority out the following line-up: Smith, Washington, Umbuku, Brown, Sanchez, O'Hare, Patel, Howard, Tran... What then? Assign numbers? Ok, then someone underhanded can assign a specific digit to designate race, religion, origin, sex, etc.

The solution, which is impossible to attain, is societal.

Anonymous said...

For the record (and all of this can be found @ UT website under Admissions), the 81st Legislature passed a new law, SB-175, in 2009 that eliminated the "Top 10% Rule" at UT. The new law allows UT to set the Automatic Admission by Class Rank (ie. it changes). Summer/Fall 2011 + Spring 2012 Top 8% = Automatic Admission. Summer/Fall 2012 + Spring 2013 = Top 9%. Summer/Fall 2013 + Spring 2014 = Top 8%. After 2014 TBA.

Anonymous said...

I'm not in love with affirmative action, but the State's flagship university should reflect the diversity of the State.

Even with the special selective criteria, UT and UT Law do not have as many minorities enrolled as would be reflected in a cross-section of the State.

That means that statistically speaking, we have somehow failed to make up the education gap in the last 40+ years. If we had, the diversity in our population would be reflected in entrance scores.

Unless you still believe that some races are smarter than others, a failure to educate is the only answer. Certainly, we can disagree as to how to address that issue, but that failure should not be ignored. If we're not correcting it at the college level, show me how we're going to correct it at the elementary and/or high school level.

Anonymous said...

Hey Robert...just food for thought...

I turned down a scholarship from UT to attend BU. The reason why is because BU had a better law school than UT did.

After almost 40 years, I've never once regretted making that decision.

Anonymous said...

Here is an interesting Texas Attorney General opinion on the subject:

https://www.oag.state.tx.us/opinions/opinions/48morales/lo/1997/htm/lo1997001.htm