Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in the second challenge to affirmative action this decade. In the case of Fisher vs. Univ. of Texas, the constitutionality of racial preferences in admissions decisions by public universities will be decided. The plaintiff in the case, Abigail Fisher, is a 22 year-old, white female who was denied admission to the University of Texas and later sued the university, claiming her race was held against her.
Only nine years ago, the Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that race could be considered in admissions, but only as a portion of a "holistic review" that helped the university advance its academic and social mission. This morning, university attorneys cited similar arguments, asserting that the admittance of minority students with a range of backgrounds benefits the intellectual life of all students.
But the primary architect of Grutter v. Bollinger, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, retired from the bench in 2006, and her replacement, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., seems more doubtful of race-conscious remedies.
This Fall, the Supreme Court will weigh in on the admissions policy adopted by the University of Texas. At question is whether colleges and universities will continue providing equal opportunity for qualified students of color or return to segregated college campuses where Black students are denied equal access. You can help SCOTUS make the right decision by signing on to an amicus brief, from high school and college students, that will be submitted to the court on August 13th.More »
Last week the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care initiative, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This is fantastic news for the Black Americans. We are twice as likely as whites to be uninsured, we have more than double the rate of infant mortality, we face more than twice the rate of diabetes-related deaths than whites — and the list goes on. The national health care plan will bring down health insurance premiums across the board as well as ban exclusions for pre-existing conditions. The law will make health care access attainable for the estimated 48 million Americans — and 7 million Black Americans — without health insurance.More »