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Fisher v University of Texas

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 09.27.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

5th Circuit Thumbs Its Nose at U.S. Supreme Court in Racial Preferences Case

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The SCOTUS is the nation's highest court. The recent 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the University of Texas at Austin's use of racial preferences in its admissions program indicates that the two judges in the majority have forgotten this basic tenet of American law.

Federal Appeals Court Rehears Texas Affirmative Action Case

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court asked lawyers for the University of Texas on Wednesday to explain how they would decide when affirmativ...

American Awakening

Victor Burt | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

If we, as a Nation, are to continue to perfect this Union for next generations, engaging in open, honest discourse about our biases when they surface is paramount. Denial, dismissive, dispassionate and derisive behavior will only reproduce the disharmony and discrimination we are witnessing and mistakenly deem them as random occurrences.

Why Only Justice Ginsburg Got Affirmative Action Case Right

Frank Askin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Frank Askin

Once upon a time, the United States Supreme Court recognized the difference between laws and regulations which burdened "discrete and insular minorities" and programs intended to help such groups overcome the effects of past discrimination.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

Affirmative Action for Republicans

David Moshman | Posted 08.28.2013 | College
David Moshman

What if conservative faculty and students perceive themselves to be oppressed victims of a hostile liberal environment? What if Republicans are underrepresented? Will we end up with affirmative action for conservatives and Republicans?

Abigail Fisher and the Hidden Crisis of Black Male Collegians

Sharon Davies | Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sharon Davies

While the rates of college admissions by other groups have risen over the years, black male admission rates have not.

Standing up for the Least Among Us: We Can't Deny Rights to the Disadvantaged

Kate Gordon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Kate Gordon

If our society denies rights to the poorest and most disadvantaged among us, and sets up structures that privilege the already-privileged, we will become less -- not more -- willing and able to take on the global fight against carbon pollution.

Mainstream Media Strike Out in Affirmative Action Coverage

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's hard to see what else the mainstream media could get wrong about the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case that was sent back to the lower courts this past Monday.

Joy Resmovits

Lee Bollinger Encouraged About Affirmative Action Future | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- During his tenure as president of the University of Michigan, Lee Bollinger's name became attached, for better or worse, with two of the k...

Joy Resmovits

Court's Affirmative Action Decision 'Will Have No Impact' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

After months of waiting for the Supreme Court to issue a sweeping ruling on affirmative action in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, un...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision: Sends UT-Austin's Race-Conscious Admissions Back For Review | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

By a 7-1 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that it misinterpreted the justices' precedent when reviewing the University of Texas...

Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action Looms

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity – race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focu...

On Suzy Lee Weiss, Abigail Fisher and Unpacking White Privilege in Higher Education

Krystie Yandoli | Posted 07.02.2013 | College
Krystie Yandoli

It's necessary for students to start engaging in dialogues and being productive in social action against inherent forms of racism instead of perpetuating backwards, ill-informed ideas.

Affirmative Action -- an Optical Illusion?

Allison Singh | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Allison Singh

Affirmative action creates an optical illusion. Yes, there are many success stories. However, for every success story there are countless invisible students with potential, but beyond the reach of admissions officers.

Protecting Progressive Policy Requires a Balanced Supreme Court

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

For years, conservatives have been making courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, a priority on their agenda. Given the Court's 5-4 ideological divide, it's time for progressives to catch up.

Affirmative Action And The 'Critical Mass' Of Diversity In Religious Studies Departments

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Should affirmative action principles and practices help to form an ideal intellectual community and achieve a critical mass in religious studies departments? Should a department of religious studies have "equal representation" in the so-called world's religions?

The Many Faces of Affirmative Action

John A. Powell | Posted 12.17.2012 | College
John A. Powell

The undergraduate admissions policy, which some call "the Texas affirmative action plan," is designed to promote diversity in the student body. However, it is not the only "affirmative action plan" being used by UT.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Looked Better For Affirmative Action Foes | Mike Sacks | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts may have switched his vote to join the Supreme Court's liberals in last term's blockbuster health care case, ...

Diversity and Merit in College Admissions: A False Dichotomy

Wendy Kopp | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education
Wendy Kopp

All eyes are on the Supreme Court today as it considers Fisher v. University of Texas, its first case on the use of race in college admissions since 2003. If the Court sides with Fisher, our nation's colleges could soon become much less diverse -- with major repercussions in every sector of society.

Fisher v. The University of Texas: What to Expect in Oral Argument

Stephen Menendian | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

Although few legal minds devote journal space to analyzing oral argument, the Court is so closely divided on major cases that a perceptive listener can usually divine clues as to where the individual Justices may be leaning.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Why Affirmative Action Still Matters

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Deborah N. Archer

If the challenge is successful, Fisher would reverse decades of legal precedent, stifling universities' ability to develop a diverse student body, and closing the door to equal opportunities for students of color. Not only would minority students lose, but so would our nation.

Fisher v. UT: A Loaded Decision

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

As the court considers Fisher v. University of Texas, it must keep in mind that the question is much deeper than simply who gets in and who does not.

50 Years of Progress Should Not Be Erased With One Ruling

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 12.04.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot allow 50 years of progress since the day James Meredith enrolled in the University of Mississippi to be erased with one ruling. Far too much is at stake for us to remain silent.