AUSTIN, TX– When it comes to race, affirmative action is not all black and white especially with college applications.
The gray area is a case called Fisher vs. UT Austin. It involves Abigail Fisher, a student who claims UT used race as a factor in its admissions decision, which is unconstitutional discrimination.
Fisher, who is white, was rejected by UT in 2004.
The case got all the way to the Supreme Court, then got bounced back to the federal appeals court in New Orleans.
Judges in the Big Easy said Fisher failed to prove her case and dismissed it.
That verdict means the university can continue to use race as a factor for admissions to ensure diversity on its campuses.
The A.C.L.U. applauds the decision saying, “…college graduates are better prepared to serve our diverse state when the academic environment includes people from all walks of life and with different life experiences.”
But should college applicants be denied acceptance if their grades are better than those of a minority applicant?
“It`s cool to have a diverse range of students but it shouldn`t be based of that,” said college freshman Tori Edwards.
“To give somebody who may not have had the opportunity to have as much exposure, to the things that other people are exposed to just gives them a fair shake not necessarily the best shot.”
We have yet to see if the decision will be appealed.
In the meantime, at least at UT, the color of your skin may color your future.