The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling today in a case that could decide the fate of Affirmative Action in college admissions and beyond for the next several decades, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Abigail Fisher, an Anglo woman, sued the University of Texas System when she was denied admission to U.T. Austin because they university found that admitting a minority student with lower qualifications would enhance the 'diversity' of the institution in keeping with the guidelines of the most recent Supreme Court decision involving college Affirmative Action, the 2003 Bollinger Decision.
Jennifer Gratz, who was the plaintiff in that case, styled Gratz v. Bollinger, told 1200 WOAI news this is the opportunity that the court have to fix the mistake they made a decade ago, when they enshrined 'diversity' over basic fairness.
"This is a very important decision," she said. "But regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Fisher, there will still be battles, the Universities will not give up that easily, and we will still have to fight to make sure that everybody is treated equally without regard to race."
The University of Texas System, along with other universities nationwide and the Obama Administration, have argued against Fisher, claiming that as the nation becomes more multi cultural, it is important that universities stay ahead of that change, and make sure minorities are 'aggressively' represented on college campuses. They also point out that Bollinger barred any sort of strict quotas for minority admissions, and allowed universities to take ethic background into consideration as 'one factor' in admissions.
Gratz says the universities are fighting for the interests of 'big diversity.'
"Diversity is big business these days," she said. "It is unfortunate, but that is part of the equation," she said.
Gratz points out that it is not unusual for university systems to have more 'diversity officers' than professors of mathematics on the payroll.
She says these 'diversity officers' always make sure that it is 'somebody else' who suffers in the interests of diversity, pointing out that if University of Texas President William Powers were really interested in 'diversity,' he would step aside to make room for a 'qualified minority' to fill his cushy $746,000 a year job.