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Affirmative Action in Texas and Oklahoma


Over at How Appealing, Howard Bashman reports on a lawsuit challenging the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions. A white student sued the university over how it considers race after admitting students under its famous 10 percent plan, in which students finishing in the top 10 percent of graduating classes at Texas high schools are automatically accepted at the Austin campus. The Houston Chronicle reports here. The lawsuit by the Project on Fair Representation is here.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, backers of a petition drive to end race and gender preferences in public employment, public education, and government contracting are calling it quits amid concerns over whether they gathered enough signatures. The Tulsa World reports here. The Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative filed this motion to withdraw with the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The initiative drive had been opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which filed this objection to the drive.

The Oklahoma effort was part of a plan by the American Civil Rights Institute to pass such initiatives this year in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and Nebraska. The Sacramento, Calif., organization was co-founded by former California Board of Regents member Ward Connerly, who led the successful drive to pass such an anti-preference ballot measure in his state, as well as in Michigan and Washington state.


The Center for Equal Opportunity “documented the double standards used by colleges and universities in giving preference in admission to blacks and Hispanics while disfavoring better qualified whites and Asians”. This seems like the exact opposite of progress in the college world. The Center for Equal Opportunity found that the “odds favoring black undergraduate admittees over whites with the same SAT scores in 2005 were 70 to one, and 46 to one for Hispanics”. Te point of affirmative action is to give everyone an equal chance and in some cases helping people achieve, but this seems like it is making the college admissions process unfair. It is helping in some aspects but at a price.
While diversity is nice to have, colleges should strive to accept the best applicants, not just the ones that will make their student body diverse. People would be up in arms if a student was not admitted because they were Latino, but isn’t it just as bad to deny someone because they are white? It is the same scenario, just flipped around. People who believe this are at the complete other end of the spectrum compared to those in favor of affirmative action. As much as we would like to have a diverse student body at a college it may not always happen that way, the best-qualified students should always get in.

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I feel the white students cannot get equal opportunities...!
This type of partitioning may spoil their education...!


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