The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Texas's college affirmative action guidelines in a 4-3 decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas case:
The New York Times reported on the landmark case:
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory.
The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision, as Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat remains vacant.
The case was originally brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who claimed she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race.
The contested UT admissions policy had to do with the inclusion of race and ethnicity as part of a candidate's “special circumstances” for admission.
Progressives were celebratory over the ruling:
In a statement regarding the ruling, Hillary Clinton said:
“The Supreme Court’s decision today in Fisher v. University of Texas is a win for all Americans. It means that universities can continue to make diversity and inclusion central goals of their admissions processes, and means our college campuses will continue to be places where young adults of all backgrounds can learn from each other.”
While conservatives were bitter over the racial double standard:
It appears the decision was not simply due to Scalia's death:
In a nutshell, the decision was regarded as a “win” for the progressive left:
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