African-American graduates of University of Texas at Austin and many other top-performing universities gave a genius response to a Supreme Court justice's comments against affirmative action and a white woman named Abigail Fisher, who sued against the policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
During a Supreme Court hearing Wednesday on the case, Justice Antonin Scalia gave controversial comments on the case. He suggested that Black students do not benefit from affirmative action at higher-performing schools and would benefit more from attending colleges that had a "slower track."
“One of the briefs pointed out that most of the Black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas," said Scalia. "They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
In 2008, Fisher sued UT Austin after she applied and was rejected. Now a college graduate, Fisher continues to fight to end the "Top 10" policy that uses race as a factor in accepting high school students who perform in the top 10 percent academically in the state.
It wasn't long before the Twitter hashtag #StayMadAbby was made to call out these dissenters. Many are not here to wipe Fisher's tears of rejection nor allow Scalia to spread the idea that Black academics are less capable of achievement.
A look at the Black excellence:
This Florida State University graduate has no time for Fisher's complaints either.
We know that's right. And you can't stop this Vanderbilt University graduate who is already on to his next degree.
It's important to note that Fisher is not fighting to end affirmative action overall at University of Texas. She is challenging why race needs to be a factor in admitting the "Top 10" who can enroll into any public university of their choice.
Fisher's lawyers argue that there is no need for this since race is already a factor in admitting students who are not top performers. This suggests Fisher believes that University of Texas let too many Blacks or Latinos in, overlooking her application.
Still, if the court hands down a decision in favor of Fisher, it can send a message to other universities and colleges to do away with affirmative action policies or it may cause them the kind of trouble University of Texas currently faces.
Back in April 2014, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. 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.
Moreover, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is the only Hispanic on 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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