Affirmative Action In Jeopardy
Kierra Leggett| Editor-in-Chief
Along with this policy, the University of Texas currently operates under the “Top Ten Percent Plan,” which guarantees all Texas students who graduate in the top ten percent of their class, admission to any public university in Texas. This plan was implemented in 1997 as a way to ensure diversity within the state’s public universities.
According to the University, based on her 3.59 high school GPA, Fisher did not qualify for automatic admission into UT.
While in the 2003 case of Grutter vs. Bollinger the Supreme Court ruled to uphold affirmative action admissions policies, many speculate that there will not be a similar ruling in the case of Fisher v. Texas.
This is largely because Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito Jr., Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas are all expected to vote in favor of Fisher. Each has expressed opposition to race and ethnicity being used as a deciding factor in college admissions.
The second African-American to serve on the Supreme Court, Thomas been very vocal with his disapproval of affirmative action. In a February interview with Diane Brady of Businessweek Thomas shared his thoughts on affirmative action saying, “I was taught that there’s no real difference between blacks and whites, and I never thought there was supposed to be an easier or different road for us.”
Over the years, Thomas has been criticized harshly for his politics, in particular his views on affirmative action. Surrounding the Fisher v. Texas case, Melissa Harris-Perry, professor and MSNBC host addressed Thomas with an open letter during her Oct. 13 show. In her letter Harris-Perry stated, “Devaluing the accomplishments of black people is not a legacy of affirmative action. It’s a legacy of racism that continues to confound and challenge our nation.”
Since 2003, affirmative action has remained a heated topic of debate, with supporters saying it creates an even playing field for blacks and other underrepresented groups, while those opposed to it say it leads to “reverse discrimination.”