Affirmative Action-Love it or Hate it, The Supreme Court Weighs In Again

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

http://http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/25/in_affirmative_action_ruling_supreme_court

It’s no secret that racial intolerance and hate groups that feed these attitudes are on the rise. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, many are reacting with extremism and hate-based actions, while others find value in interacting with people from different backgrounds. What role, if any, do you believe our government should play in this evolving social landscape? This week, the Supreme Court is handing down landmark decisions on both affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. As far as I’m concerned, the court is needed to step in and articulate the values of justice, human rights, and fairness that our nation is supposedly founded upon and ultimately, help us as a society move forward. To do this, we must admit how much further we still have to go in the fight for fair treatment of all regardless or race, creed, gender, economic status, or an other category the ugly side of human nature can find to divide us.

via Democracy Now
With just days before the summer recess, the Supreme Court has handed down the first of four major decisions on issues of civil rights, discrimination and equality, ruling on a challenge to the use of race-conscious affirmative action in college admissions. The petitioner, Abigail Fisher, accused the University of Texas at Austin of discrimination for rejecting her college application, she says, because she is white. Many had expected the court’s conservative members to seize upon the case as part of a right-wing effort to end affirmative action for good. But instead, the court came down with an opinion that gives both sides reasons to cheer. In a 7-to-1 decision, justices sent the case back to a federal appeals court and told it to consider affirmative action under a harsher standard. But they also refused to overturn the 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which rejected the use of racial quotas in college admissions but allowed for less direct methods of affirmative action in order to improve diversity

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