Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Supreme Court Takes Up Affirmative Action Case

I love the smell of election-time in the morning.

Alas election time, just another opportunity for right wing-nut elites to throw their deaf, dumb and blind faithful so more red meat.

For, most informed voters the mantra is: It's the economy, stupid. However, for the citizens of FOX Nation the cry is different: It's about fake and diversionary wedge issues, stupid.

Just in time for the 2012 November elections, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts and friends - the crowd that attend anti-health care and billionaire Koch brothers conservative fundraisers - have decided to hear arguments on Affirmative Action.

Again? Yes, again, can't you smell election-time in the air?

 The Supreme Court said today it would take up another hot-button social issue - affirmative action - around the time of the next presidential election.
The court has agreed to hear a case brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student, who says she was denied admission to the University of Texas based on the color of her skin.
The case has been closely monitored because supporters of affirmative action fear the high court might now be willing to curtail or restrict further race conscious admissions programs at public universities. Justice Elena Kagan will not participate in the case because she dealt with the issue in her previous job as U.S. solicitor general. 
With a full slate of arguments already scheduled for its spring term, the court will most likely hear the case next fall, around the time of the election.
"This case presents the court with an opportunity to clarify the boundaries of race preferences in higher education, or even reconsider whether race should be permitted at all under the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection," says Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation, a non-profit legal defense foundation that has provided legal counsel for Fisher.
The Texas legislature passed the "Top Ten Percent Law" in 1997 that mandates that Texas high school seniors in the top 10 percent of their class be automatically admitted to any Texas state university. In addition to that program, the school considers race along with several other factors for admission. Fisher did not qualify for automatic admission.
Instead, she competed with other non-Top-10 state applicants, some of whom were entitled to racial preferences. She was denied admission and argues it was because of her race. source


  1. I heard about this 2day on public radio ...theyre up to the same old games...any suggestions about what action we can take?

  2. Yes my brother...we have to vote, vote, vote. As W Bush stated, elections have consequences - when he was installed president he had a chance to stack the court with more right wing conservatives. The re-election of President Obama is important for many policy reasons...one being it gives him more opportunities to nominate future supreme court justices.