“Over the past 35 years, the [US Supreme] court has twice ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. Now, just nine years after its last decision, the justices seem poised to outright reverse or cut back on the previous rulings.
This time, the question is whether any sort of affirmative action program can be adopted on top of a race-neutral system that has produced at least some significant increase in campus diversity.
The test case comes from the University of Texas, Austin, one of the top universities in the country, which has a special history when it comes to race. The school was segregated by law until 1950, when the Supreme Court, in a landmark case, ruled that the university had to admit to its all-white law school the grandson of a slave.
Today, the student leading the battle on race is “white.”
It was through the tumult of the 1960’s just fifty (50) years ago that brave men of color led a civil rights movement that sought equality and justice for people of color in particular and for all Americans in general regardless of color.
The period witnessed the mighty forces of oppression and their hand maiden, violence, that only the collective will of a then predominantly Anglo-Saxon nation committed to “liberty and justice for all” was truly able to “overcome.” But once done, it turned former slave states and a few others from blue to red.
And so a century after the end of a Civil War waged to correct civil wrongs a movement for Civil Rights attempted to make good on the promise earned by the many lives lost in our nation’s most divisive domestic conflict.
Working to make good on the century old promise made us a better people. It brought tremendous gains for all Americans regardless of color. Those advances lead the way to rights for all—Hispanics, African Americans, and more recently senior citizens and the disabled.
So after more than two-centuries of oppression, given the present-day apartheid public education system, the racist, burgeoning for profit prison-industrial complex and the dismal and discouraging numbers just setout, is it really time to get rid of affirmative action, the one bridge to the future minority students can count on? I think not.
Conservative supremes, Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas in league with skeptic, Kennedy are eager to undo Affirmative Action. Their line of reasoning humorously being that it discriminates—that it isn’t race neutral. That “argument” is just much too “rich” and no—no apologies to one-percenters for the pun.
Today the shifting demographic no longer favors the Anglo-Saxon, the Teutonic. That shifting demographic diminishes the stranglehold “white” people had on everything from the outset. Unfortunately, it is still at least two generations or more from reaching critical mass. Even then the sort on the leading edge of that momentum are every bit as Anglo-Saxon and Teuton in their philosophical outlook. Still, at least the pendulum has begun to swing in a new direction.
So now that the shoe is finally on the other foot, those who have forever and to this day fight anything that smacks of equality, who have unfairly benefited from university “legacy” policies, who have enforced and enforce centuries of gate-keeping at the entrance to the professions and who institutionalized discrimination have “seen the light.” That light shines on a dimming future for the once and mighty majority Anglo-Saxon, Teutonic population. Is it any wonder that, “they’ve got religion?” Do I hear an Amen?
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…