The Supreme Court Is Deciding on the Future of Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court Is Deciding on the Future of Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court has begun deciding on the future of affirmative action in college admissions Wednesday. The justices met today and gave contrasting opinions on whether a policy that uses race to determine whether an applicant gets accepted should continue at the University of Texas at Austin.

Published December 9, 2015

The Supreme Court has begun deciding on the future of affirmative action in college admissions Wednesday. The justices met today and gave contrasting opinions on a policy that uses race to determine whether an applicant is accepted at the University of Texas at Austin. 

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions in April 2014. Still, schools in other states were allowed to use affirmative action as a criteria in diversifying their student body if it was not banned in their states.

Today, Judge Antonin Scalia said that affirmative action may not be helping students of color who are accepted into academic institutions where they are not capable of performing well.

"There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school, where they do well," Scalia said, according to NBCNews.com.

Moreover, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is the only Hispanic in the court, argued in defense of the school's "Top 10" program that promotes diversity. Sotomayor said she benefited from affirmative action as a young girl growing up in the Bronx, the Los Angeles Times reports. She added that the opinions argued from dissenters makes her fear a future shutdown of affirmative action policies at universities and colleges nationally. 

Any decision made by the court will likely not be handed down until late spring.


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