Monday, June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Affirmative Action Should Be Used Sparingly

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

The United States Supreme Court tightened the grip on affirmative action today.

In a 7-1 ruling, the high court ruled that the nation's colleges' affirmative action plans only held up constitutional muster if racial preferences were the only way to achieve diversity. In a decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy said affirmative action could be upheld only if "no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity."

The case came before the Supreme Court when when Abigal Fisher said she was denied admission to the University of Texas in 2008, claiming that she was bounced for being white.

"There were people in my class with lower grades who weren't in all the activities I was in who were being accepted into UT, and the only other difference between us was the color of our skin," she said in a video posted by the Project on Fair Representation, a conservative group that solicited her case. "For an institution of higher learning to act this way makes no sense to me."

Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case because she was involved with the matter during her tenure as solicitor general at the U.S. Justice Department in 2009-2010.

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