Justices question college's use of affirmative action

  • Article by: ROBERT BARNES , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 11, 2012 - 12:22 AM

Ruling could have potentially landmark consequences.

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runotkiddingOct. 10, 1211:29 AM

Racial discrimination against whites is common in education - just look at how the Saint Paul public schools allocate funding and its efforts to stamp out "white privilege." It is no wonder that whites have left the public schools.

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narleyraeOct. 10, 1211:31 AM

How about we just assess college entry for students by ther acheivements rather than the color of their skin, nationality or what border they crawled over? The very idea of affirmative action is racist to the core!

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privateeyeOct. 10, 1212:16 PM

esablishing diversity that was previously endorsed by the court? So to go against prior endorsement would make them...gasp..dare I say, activist judges?

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johneramone4Oct. 10, 12 2:07 PM

Why do those on the Left insist that the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and saw?

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threed61Oct. 10, 12 2:55 PM

I wonder how white students will like it when public colleges admit strictly by test scores, and half the spots go to the 5% of the population that is of Asian descent.

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EleanoreOct. 10, 12 2:55 PM

It would have been nice to see kegan have the common sense and ethics to recure herself from the ACA decision. As someone who actually had a hand in writing it, her recusal there was even more clear cut than this. I worry far more about lawless judiciary than activist ones.

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EleanoreOct. 10, 12 3:23 PM

"I wonder how white students will like it when public colleges admit strictly by test scores, and half the spots go to the 5% of the population that is of Asian descent." - I guess it will depend on if the students are racist and think such measures matter, they don't unless managing to maintain racism as an institutional standard is your goal. I think future students will be smarter than that. Current ones pretty much are.

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privateeyeOct. 10, 12 3:24 PM

It would have been nice to see kegan have the common sense and ethics to recure herself from the ACA decision.----Scalia set the precedent for no longer recusing a justice from a case. Except Kegan just recused herself from a case recently.

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sarahanneOct. 10, 1211:01 PM

"And Roberts expressed frustration with how the court was supposed to come up with a standard for the "critical mass" of diversity that Grutter said justified the use of race." The definition of "critical mass" is probably similar to the courts definition of pornography ""I know it when I see it."

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jraudenOct. 11, 1212:47 AM

It's about time this made it to the Supreme Court. I attended one of the inner-city high schools in Dallas, TX...about 40% white, 30% hispanic, 25% african-american, 5% other (Now the school is about 60% hispanic, 40% other, but that's a different topic for a different day). It sickens me that hard working, intelligent, talented white students are being passed over for less hard-working, less intelligent, less talented, minority students. I graduated around 20% in my class with a good (not great) SAT score....UT did not accept me. Okay that's fine, but I had two classmates, graduated around the 35%-40% mark, with SIGNIFIICANTLY LOWER SAT SCORES THAN ME....both accepted to UT!! Where is the fairness in that? I was denied entrance based on the color of my skin...is that not racism?? This needs to addressed now...especially in TX, where (if you include illegals in your count, which the State obviously doesn't) whites are no longer a majority, rather a minority.

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