Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Supreme Court divided on affirmative action

Many African Americans are paying attention to pressing issues in the black community, what's going on in Chicago, problems with education, housing, gun violence, access to healthy foods etc. Others are paying more attention to nonsense like Empire or "Whatever Housewives of Where Ever". Mo matter what you are paying attention to you had better take some time to look into a affirmative action case that the US Supreme Court is hearing right now. This is a case that could have huge ramifications for African Americans and other minorities. George Cook

Case comes at a time when students across the country are showing signs of racial unrest.

Supreme Court justices appeared divided Wednesday about the future of a program at the University of Texas that takes race into consideration as one factor of admissions.

The hearing, which was at times tense and went over the originally allotted one hour time frame, revealed some of the same fissures that bothered the justices when the case was heard for the first time in 2012. The three liberal justices on the bench appeared largely supportive of the plan. The conservatives, led with passionate questions from Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia were at times sharply critical of arguments made by a lawyer for the University.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who could be a key swing vote in the highly anticipated case, suggested at one point the case should be sent back to a lower court to give the school an opportunity to present more evidence about the plan. Kennedy lamented that even though the court sent the case back to the lower court three years ago it felt like, "we're just arguing the same case." Later in the arguments, however, Kennedy seemed to pull back a bit from the idea that a remand might be necessary.

Supporters of affirmative action in higher education are fearful that the court might issue a broad ruling in the case that will curtail a public university's ability to consider race in order to produce a more diverse student body.

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