Obama Administration Urges Continuation of Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Obama Administration Urges Continuation of Affirmative Action in College Admissions


Arguably one of the most important cases of the Supreme Court’s upcoming term is that of affirmative action in college admissions. According to the Washington Post, more than 50 friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed by outside groups and individuals.

And now the Obama administration has had its say in the matter—it wants universities to continue allowing race to be taken into account when considering applicants.

“The government… has a vital interest in drawing its personnel—many of whom will eventually become its civilian and military leaders—from a well-qualified and diverse pool of university and service-academy graduates of all backgrounds who possess the understanding of diversity that is necessary to govern and defend the United States,” the administration writes in its friend-of-the-court brief, citing as examples the Department of Defense and the Armed Services, federal law enforcement and homeland security, the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies.

The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, was first filed in 2008 when Abigail Fisher, a white student who was denied entry sued for racial discrimination. She argued that the school, which operates on a “Top Ten” plan for student admissions that accepts the top 10 percent of students from the state’s high schools, violated her 14th Amendment right.

Something the Obama administration also sites in its brief, by saying it has a “significant responsibility for the enforcement of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment…which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin,” as reason for its support of the University of Texas in the case.

Fisher was ranked by other factors, including race. Her attorney’s argue that the top 10 approach has already increased diversity, making a race-based approach unnecessary.

The affirmative action case will be under review an eight-member court—Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself—including Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who has voted against race-based programs in the past.

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Submitted by husbandofmoonlight on
That the "Supreme Court" (especailly the present one)would "revisit" anything but maybe the 'rest room' should be a fair warning to "all"---- Texas has been "right" about very few things since its illegal founding but they came very close with their "10%" of the top of the class for automatic admission into their Universities----(I have studied at several of their Universities under their Hazelwood Act---which in reality was a very wise piece of legislation also: unfortunately NOT enough Veterans know about it) yet Texans have consistently worked very hard to keep their "lower PUBLIC education system"--- grades K-12 as close to third world standards as possible. By this move it makes it much more difficult for 'students' to gain the basic education that they would need without attending the 'private' schools----that lower income families cannot afford---and this includes the current Catholic lower education system---since the parents pay for that as well (wow what would 'jesus' say/do about that?) That the USA proclaims to be a "meritocracy" but has consistently maintained the "Plutocrcy" is yet one more indication of a failed "experiment"----and as long as the current system is in place they will consistently produce the "mediocracy" that they now have. Just for example---when someone orders printed material from the Federal Government---including the "IRS instructions for Tax purposes"---they are 'published' on the 7th grade reading level; because THAT is the 'national average'-----reading level. The USA should be ashamed of that---but they work very hard to maintain it. If the USA ever provides any service to Native America it will be as a negative example, and a horrible warning to humanity. Native America's challenge will be to learn from their many mistakes; and THEN have the courage to avoid them in the future when the USA finally experiences its inevitable collapse-----and allows Native America to rise from the ruble and be a free nation of Native Americans----that will be a refreshing change that has long been overdue since 1776. As a "former teacher" I believe that if ANYONE has the intellectual abilities they should be allowed to attend ANY public/state university that they wish-----at 'university expense'------with the proper "SERVICE IN EXCHANGE FOR SERVICE" approach--much the same as the GI Bill. I believe that if that had been the approach in the past---an absolute moron like GW Bush---with "degrees" from TWO "Ivy League" universities who can barely speak his own language; would be relegated to the lower levels of the employement field or better yet; a ward of the state of residence that would accept him--(or incarcerated)--instead of the "two term president" of the most criminal nation in the history of mankind. From our research, ALL of the precontact Native American cultures were to one degree or another "meritocracies" that shared the "social power"evenly between the men and women of their cultures----not the Male dominated/Judean/Christian----"Plutocracy" that the Europeans brought with them; and imposed upon everyone else they encountered; and remains to this day. Sooner or later the USA WILL crumble from the weight of its own corruption and criminality. Native America has a fantastic "negative example' and we should make notes on it since we will be able to use them to construct our own cultures and society after the USA becomes a footnote in history. Never forget, our ancestors were here AT LEAST 15 thousand years ago; we will be here long after the USA is a terrible memory. Indeed, the Anglo European/Judean/Christian invasion is in reality: simply a mark on the wall of OUR evolution. Thank you for your time. Husband of Moonlight

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The more non-Californians admitted to University of California the fewer residents can be. Fall admit rate for residents drops to record low 18%. There was a 43 percent jump in the number of affluent foreign and affluent out-of-state students by public University of California Berkeley. Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($450.000), Provost Breslauer ($306,000) shed thousands of eligible instate applicants. Residents are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad affluent foreign and affluent out of state students. And, Birgeneau subsidizes affluent foreign and affluent out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while he doubles (Harvard College now less costly than Cal.) resident tuition. Birgeneau/Breslauer accept $50,600 tuition to displace California residents (When depreciation of tax funded assets, infrastructure are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 and does NOT subsidize resident tuition. With the influence of Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost George Breslauer deployed excessive force by campus police - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Chancellor’s doubling of resident tuition. Sack (honorably retire) Provost Breslauer; Birgeneau resigned. Email a message to Cal. self-serving senior management: UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu and Calif. State Senators and Assemblymembers.