Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will reassess the institution of affirmative action in the college admissions process. Four years ago, Abigail Fisher applied to the University of Texas, looking to continue the legacy of her father and sister. Despite being a successful student, Fisher was denied admission to the university and she believes she was denied because she is white, violating her 14th Amendment right of equal protection.
Proponents say that Fisher would have been denied anyway and opponents say that acceptance should be based on merit and not skin color.
“What’s at issue is: (1) whether it will remain permissible to consider race in an attempt to ensure that higher level education remains integrated; and (2) whether universities or the court are going to be the ones to determine what academic diversity consists of,” said David D. Cole, a professor at Georgetown Law, who believes UT’s plan should be upheld.
The University of Texas believes that their quest to achieve to a diverse student body would be deterred if the decision is over turned. Justice Anthony Kennnedy, who is believed to be the pivotal vote in this case, may be the one to swing the decision in either direction.
While this case is specifically contested on the grounds of race, some people also tend to forget that affirmative action is not solely based on race. Whatever the outcome, it brings up the conversation of how relevant and effective affirmative action is in American society and Abigail Fisher certainly deserves to be heard.
Do you think someone’s race has any place in the admissions process or their religion, gender or sexual orientation? Do you think affirmative action has any place in American society?