Is Supreme Court set to end use of race in admissions?
By Terry Baynes | Reuters – 6 hrs ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments on whether colleges and universities can continue to favor minority candidates in admissions policies. Given that the court in 2003 approved such policies, its decision to take up the issue again suggests it may be looking to cut back on affirmative action.
The case before the court was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who says the University of Texas denied her admission because of her race, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's equal protection guarantee. The university says it must consider race as a factor in admissions, or minorities will be underrepresented on its campuses.
Several factors are tipping the scales against affirmative action this time around: For starters, the makeup of the court has become more conservative in the past nine years. Seven states have banned affirmative action, while polls show the U.S. public has grown increasingly opposed to racial preferences.
The court often takes up cases to resolve conflicts between two or more federal appeals courts - but no such conflict exists here, which could mean the court is looking to reexamine its own precedent. In agreeing to hear the case, the justices brushed off an argument by the University of Texas that the court need not take up the matter, since Fisher has already graduated from another school.
One likely supporter of affirmative action, Justice Elena Kagan, has recused herself. She gave no reason, but it is likely she decided to step aside because she worked on the case in her previous job as U.S. Solicitor General.
Repealing affirmative action would be a step in the right direction toward finally eliminating the racial discrimination that exists in this country. It would be a giant step in getting us back on the course of accepting personal responsibility. Employers and universities would hire and recruit people based on their merit as opposed to their skin color. Businesses could snap up good candidates and gain a competitive edge over their rivals, instead of having to hire several dead-weight employees.
Employees couldn't sue anymore, to gain promotions they don't deserve. This quota madness could finally end. It makes zero sense that the minority in our country should be the majority of the workforce or university attendance. Which is the real reason I or any other Caucasian here cannot get a job with the city or county. The private sector is definitely impacted by this legislation but State and Federal is where it truly reaches the insanity level.