Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

A 4-3 majority ruled to uphold a higher education affirmative action program.

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The Supreme Court ruled this morning to uphold an affirmative action program at the University of Texas, determining that using race as a factor in the admissions process to achieve greater diversity is constitutional.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the majority and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

“The Court’s affirmance of the University’s admissions policy today does not necessarily mean the University may rely on that same policy without refinement,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “It is the university’s ongoing obligation to engage in constant deliberation and continued reflection regarding its admissions policies.”

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Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself from the case. Justice Samuel Alito dissented and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts; Justice Clarence Thomas wrote his own dissent.

“Something strange has happened since our prior decision in this case,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote. “This is nothing less than the plea for deference that we empathetically rejected in our prior decision. Today, however, the Court inexplicably grants that request.”

The Supreme Court previously reviewed plaintiff Abigail Fisher’s case in 2012 but sent it to be decided by a lower court. The lower court chose to uphold the university’s program so the Supreme Court reviewed the case again.

In 2008, Fisher alleged that the University of Texas-Austin denied her admission to the school over admitting minority students, who she alleged had lower grades than she.

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Justice Antonin Scalia may have had an effect on the outcome. Prior to his death he did not hold back his disdain for affirmative action.

“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to — 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 less — a slower track school where they do well,” he said.

Chief Justice Roberts previously questioned what “perspective” a minority student could bring to a college classroom.

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  • A 4-3 vote does not excite me. That let’s me know that had there been one hiccup, affirmative-action would cease to exist. It could very well be dead by the time my kids get to college. Hopefully by then we will have gotten Clarence Thomas off the bench!

  • Particularly on the issue of affirmative action, Clarence ‘Uncle’ Thomas is a work of art, isn’t he? I wonder what reason HE thinks got him to the Supreme Court.

  • Teaching black slaves to read was punishable by death, yet, generations later, these white racists try to keep us out of college. This white plaintiff has no excuse for being dumb because her white skin privilege (as well as her ancestors) always gave her acceptance into any and all schools in AmeriKKKa.
    . The U.S. Supreme Court had been racist in its opinions since the Dred Scott case: “A black man has no rights that a white man is bound to respect.” That is still the prevailing attitude in racist AmeriKKKa.
    . Uncle Clarence ThomAss is being a typical Southerner who benefitted from the Civil Rights movement, and as soon as racist whites gave him “honorary n*gger status”, he turns his back. I would say on his OWN PEOPLE, but I don’t want to put him in the human race.
    . As a lawyer also, I benefitted from Affirmative Action in the mid-70s and I know ThomAss did not get into Yale based on his brain! In over 40 years in corporate AmeriKKKa, I’ve witnessed Uncle Toms like ThomAss skin-n-run, shuck-n-jive their way to the top. Racist white folKKKs in corporate AmeriKKKa and academia LOVE Uncle Toms like Clarence because they will whip other blacks to please their white masters.
    . Roberts, as Chief Justice, is a dyed-in-the-wool resurrected racist like Taney in the Dred Scott case in the mid-1800’s. Racist whites like Roberts believe their own lies that they’re smarter than everyone else. In my 40+ years in corporate AmeriKKKa, I’ve worked with some of the most dumbest, incompetent, functionally illiterate white folKKKs like: George W. Bush, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin. It was clear that they rose to the top of the dung hill solely based on their whiteness, otherwise they would be shining shoes, washing dishes, baking cookies or digging ditches. Like their hand-picked token slave, ThomAss, they get ahead by upholding white supremacy and superiority.
    . All the white supremacy lies were debunked when blacks were able to integrate. Every lie they propagated about us was exposed as false. They didn’t want blacks in their schools because we would see just how dumb they were. They didn’t want us in their neighborhoods because we would see just how dirty, nasty, and how they were slumlords. They didn’t want us on their jobs because we’d see just how incompetent, illiterate, inefficient and lazy they were.
    . As long as there is affirmative racism and discrimination, affirmative action is necessary. Just look at how racist and ignorant the highest court in the land is–Ivy league educations producing EDUCATED FOOLS who can’t divest themselves of their racism and Uncle Tomism.

  • Abigail Fisher, a sour-kraut white woman who erroneously believed she was discriminated against because of her race is not only ignorant of the facts, but psychotically and historically delusional. The group that benefitted the most from Affirmative Action are WHITE WOMEN! That was another slap in black people’s faces. It is also an indictment of white males centuries old sexist attitudes. That was part of white racist poliTRICKS. We’ll falsely label white women as minorities, and give these opportunities to OUR OWN WOMEN before we’ll give them to n*ggers!!
    . I’m wondering why the Jewish, Elena Kagan recused herself from this vote? Is this a Jewish version of Clarence ThomAss–once I’ve climbed to a position of prominence, I’m pulling up the ladder. It could possibly be that “Jews” who’ve been bestowed honorary white status (like Uncle Clarence ThomAss) are now against Affirmative Action. Jewish groups supported the disgruntled white male, Bakke in his affirmative action case in California. Kagan, a Clinton appointee, should have voted in favor of Affirmative Action. As a Jew, she wouldn’t have been able to get into Princeton and other schools in the past. She is a Jewish sell-out like ThomAss. These sell-outs forget that on beaches, there were signs that warned: “No dogs, no Jews, no Colored.” Where was the Holocaust saying: “NEVER FORGET” (i.e., what happened to you in the past)!! Now that cowardly Kagan has received her “Honorary White Badge”, she like most white women who benefitted from Affirmative Action are given the white male privilege to screw every other “REAL” minority!

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