By SS & OH
Seeds: After the civil rights movements in the 1960s, companies and institutions of education began implementing policies that were meant to “level the playing field” for people of all cultures and backgrounds; this “level of the playing field” is referred to as Affirmative Action. One form of affirmative action is accepting or (not accepting) an applicant based on their race. Lately, there has been controversy over a case between Abigail Fisher and the University of Texas at Austin. Fisher has been trying to sue the school because she believes she was denied admission to University of Texas at Austin in 2008 because of the color of her (white) skin.
Core: The American people remain as divided as ever on the issue of Affirmative Action. Affirmative Action is designed to offer opportunities to minorities, while creating a more diverse student body by including a variety people of different races, genders, socioeconomic statuses, and political identities. It also aims to give more opportunities to a broad range of minorities.
Skin: The issue has made its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. A Judge on the case, Judge Scalia, a.k.a. Jaba the Hut with glasses is noted for making comments that many have deemed extremely offensive. This includes the comment that, “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. … They come from schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them” (Transcript of the Court Proceedings).
Leaves: The majority of the justices did not seemed convinced that the University’s plan was unconstitutional. However, the disagreements over Affirmative Action are only getting more and more heated.
Food for thought: Do you think Justice Scalia’s remarks were distasteful? Do you support affirmative action or do you think that it is unconstitutional or unfair to accept or not accept someone based on their color even despite possible good intentions?
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