Supreme Court sends University of Texas race admissions plan back to lower court

  • Article by: MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 4:46 PM

WASHINGTON — Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan.

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FrankLJun. 24, 1310:08 AM

Why not a more simple method. Determine the acceptable test scores and GPA that will allow a student to graduate. Put all those names in a bucket and randomly draw names in a lottery. You'll get a diverse student body with no favoritism.

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avejoeconJun. 24, 1310:40 AM

Everyone is created equal, but some are more equal than others! Paraphrasing Animal Farm. I thought everyone wanted to be treated equally. But, no so, some want preferencial treatment because of race, gender, religion, etc. We will continue to have problems until everyone wants equality.

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mplsjimJun. 24, 1312:29 PM

The goal is to have a diverse student body in order to improve educational outcomes -- we are a diverse nation, we have a compelling need to expose future leaders to the ideas and mores of these diverse groups. It is not about equality.

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ikyabwaiJun. 24, 1312:43 PM

If hate, bigotry and discrimination would end there would be no need for affirmative action.

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bik4u62Jun. 24, 1312:56 PM

According to the law AND the recent court opinion, the goal is diversity - not randomness. Random drawings can produce results that land far from the goal - in either direction.

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avejoeconJun. 24, 13 1:20 PM

Jun. 24, 13 12:29 PM The goal is to have a diverse student body in order to improve educational outcomes -- we are a diverse nation, we have a compelling need to expose future leaders to the ideas and mores of these diverse groups. It is not about equality. --------------so, are you really saying that you are not for equality, but preferencial treatment. What is the difference if you give Whites preferencial treatment or blacks. You are basing your decisions based on race, which is exactly what most people are opposed to!

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EleanoreJun. 24, 13 1:35 PM

"If hate, bigotry and discrimination would end there would be no need for affirmative action" - That's a null argument, you're saying that if racism ended, we could end racism. You end racism by ending it. Institutionalized racism is the only form you can mandate ending, the rest people choose to end as individuals. So ending affirmative action is the only positive step we can mandate as a society to demonstrably work to end racism. Your statement that society must be racist is false, we can and must choose to not tolerate racism. Ending affirmative action is the only step we can take as a society to do that.

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EleanoreJun. 24, 13 1:36 PM

"so, are you really saying that you are not for equality, but preferencial treatment." - Using race as the quality of merit. This is racism, pure, and simple.

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mplsjimJun. 24, 13 1:41 PM

Either we draw future leaders from our diverse nation and expose them to it, or we draw them from a small subset of the nation and isolate them from the real world. The future security and well being of our nation may depend on it. That is the compelling interest. If that is not good enough, then relegate your children to a world that may come crashing down around them when they least suspect it. They will say it is unfair, just as you do now. But it will be your fault.

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FrankLJun. 24, 13 1:51 PM

mplsjim, obviously you know nothing of statistics. By using a random drawing, particularly with such a large group as a freshman class at a public university, you will get a cross-section of the population. I have yet to see a study that shows where diversity improves measurable results such as graduation rates, starting salaries, or test scores.

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