Fisher v University of Texas: Both Sides Make Oral Arguments at Supreme Court


In the affirmative action case of Fisher vs. University Texas' (UT) second go-around in the Supreme Court, both sides made oral arguments for the second time since June.

Ben Rein, an attorney representing Abigail Fisher, and representatives for UT argued their sides of the case in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday, The Daily Texan reported.

Head over to Time's website for a full rundown of the case.

Fisher applied to UT in 2008, but was not admitted. In 2012, she sued on the grounds she was passed over for being white, that affirmative action cost her admission at UT. The court decided to send the case to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, before it made its way back in 2014. After ruling against Fisher, the Supreme Court announced this past June it would hear the case again.

"It's not used to build a class," The Texan quoted Rein stating at the hearing. "It's just used to create a racial plus and to increase the number of minority admissions."

If the court rules in Fisher's favor, UT will not likely be the only public school system that would have to take a look at their admission policies. In fact the case has grabbed headlines since Fisher filed her lawsuit because of its potential to affect affirmative action policies at schools across the nation.

According to The Huffington Post, UT considers the racial backgrounds of approximately 25 percent its applicants. For the remaining three-quarters, the school has what is called the Top 10 Percent policy, which does not take race into account and guarantees admission for the state's most well rated high school students.

"Let me ask you about the 10 Percent plan itself, because it seems to me that that is so obviously driven by one thing only, and that thing is race," The HP quoted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg saying at the hearing. "It's totally dependent upon having racially segregated neighborhoods, racially segregated schools, and it operates as a disincentive for a minority student to step out of that segregated community and attempt to get an integrated education."

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