feature: “the supreme court might destroy affirmative action because this white woman’s grades weren’t good enough”

July 2, 2015

The Supreme Court may soon destroy affirmative action in the United States all because of one white woman whose grades simply weren’t good enough. Abigail Fisher, a white Houston student, sued the University of Texas for race discrimination after she was “wrongly” rejected – blaming the university’s affirmative action program. Her argument: “There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT, and the only other difference between us was the color of our skin,” Her initial case was rejected by a federal district court, and the subsequent appeals proved unfruitful; however now Fisher’s case has been taken up by The Supreme Court (after it was previously vacated by the court). Read more on the story here via Slate (extract below).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

“At least four Supreme Court justices believe affirmative action is unconstitutional. In his concurrence to the first Fisher opinion, for instance, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “The Constitution proscribes government discrimination on the basis of race, and state-provided education is no exception.” Likewise, on the same grounds, Justice Clarence Thomas attacked affirmative action as morally equivalent to Jim Crow. Justice Samuel Alito has sided with affirmative action opponents in the past, and in reference to a voluntary school desegregation plan—which he struck down—Chief Justice John Roberts has said that “the way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,” as if race consciousness is the same as racism.”