The US Supreme Court to take up affirmative action again, which could lead to the landmark legislation being revised or gutted when used in college admissions.
USA Today — Racial preferences in college admissions usually are viewed as a boon to minorities at the expense of whites. But when the Supreme Court takes up Fisher v. University of Texas on Wednesday, one of the arguments it may hear is that for some minority students, affirmative action is quite negative.
A number of academics, and even some members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, argue that by giving black and Hispanic students a leg up, the nation’s premier universities often set them up for failure when a less competitive school would offer the better chance for success.
They cite books, studies and statistics showing that minority students often switch from rigorous fields of study, such as law or engineering, into easier majors such as communications or humanities. They say racial preferences don’t help them pass bar exams or become college professors.
“Grades matter more than eliteness of law school,” said Gail Heriot, a law professor at the University of California-San Diego and one of three civil rights commission members who filed a brief supporting Abigail Fisher’s challenge to the University of Texas’ affirmative action program.
How the Supreme Court handles this case could have an impact on the presidential election. Personally, I don’t believe we need affirmative action at this juncture, but there are exceptions when people with a racist view are in a position of authority where they can change the course of a student’s life by virtue of their views. One person who comes to mind is Arkansas State rep. Jon Hubbard who believes slavery was a blessing in disguise for blacks.
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