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We have federal laws prohibiting racial discrimination. I agree completely. People should not be discriminated against based upon their race. It seems obvious. Nobody should favor discrimination in this day and age (not that they ever should have). Racial discrimination should be an unsavory relic of the past.
But to people of a certain political persuasion, discrimination is fine as long as the "correct" people are being discriminated against.
Enter the case of Fisher v. University Of Texas:
The pending case, Fisher v. University of Texas, is about the validity of UT’s affirmative action policy, which it uses to admit minority students who didn’t automatically qualify for admission by graduating near the top of their high school class. It was brought in 2008 by Abigail Noel Fisher, who alleged that she was unfairly denied admission to the university because she’s white.
Affirmative action advocates have no problem discriminating against people by race. They believe admitting the correct percentages of the various shades of skin color trumps merit when it comes to college admissions. I call their view the very definition of racism, but they believe diversity is more important than merit. They believe diversity is more important than equal justice under the law. I believe this is sheer nonsense. Discrimination is discrimination, regardless of who is being discriminated against, and it should have no place in America.
The Supreme Court, which has the phrase "Equal Justice Under The Law" engraved on the outside of it's building, will decide who is correct.
I fully expect the entire liberal wing of the Court to ignore what is written on it's own building. I expect them to vote against equal justice under the law, to vote against college merit-based admissions, and to vote in favor of racial discrimination. After all, Abigail Noel Fisher is a white girl. It's fine to discriminate against her. Her qualifications won't mean squat to the liberal wing of the Court. They will throw her under the bus with barely a thought. (I apologize in advance to the liberal wing of SCOTUS if I'm wrong, but I won't be wrong). Perhaps Ms. Fisher will have somewhat of a snowball's chance with the liberal wing because she's a woman, but I doubt it.
The liberal wing will probably uphold it's discrimination by citing something called "disparate impact", which means that if not enough minorities are selected, it's a problem. On the other hand, if not enough white people are selected, that is no problem whatsoever. In fact, that's AWESOME diversity, to be celebrated. We have actually institutionalized governmental discrimination against white people, doubly so if they are white males. This is apparently due to the fact that white males receive a golden ticket at birth that grants them guaranteed success in life. I'm very bitter about this, because my golden ticket must have been lost in the mail. I had to work for what I got. Darn the luck.
We know what the liberals will do. The question is, what will the conservative wing of the Court do ? Will they go wobbly, like Chief Justice Roberts did when he wrongly upheld Obamacare in violation of the Commerce Clause and the 4th Amendment ? Or will the conservative wing rule against discrimination and in compliance with equal justice under the law, even though they will ironically be called racists by progressives for ruling to NOT discriminate against people based upon the color of their skin ?
We should have a decision this month, maybe as early as tomorrow.
Update 6/24/13: Well, so much for a decision on the affirmative action case. SCOTUS kicked it back down to a lower court, thus avoiding a ruling.