This Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear the case of Abigail Fisher. The 22-year-old said she was rejected by the University of Texas at Austin because she is white. The case has brought new attention to affirmative action, the policy designed to oppose past discrimination against minority groups in areas such as employment and education.
Ms. Fisher recently graduated from Louisiana State University, and believes she would have gotten a better job offer had she gone to U.T. The university said Ms. Fisher would not have been admitted even if race had played no part in the admissions process. U.T. also questioned whether Ms. Fisher has undergone the sort of injury that gives her standing to sue. The university’s main defense is that it must be free to gather a diverse student body.
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