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Obama Administration Supports University of Texas Quotas

April 3, 2010

From the Wall Street Journal:

“The Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to uphold a race-conscious admissions system at the University of Texas at Austin, aiming to stymie a lawsuit that conservatives hope will spur the Supreme Court to limit affirmative action at public colleges.”…

“The University of Texas case was brought in 2008 by two white students who were rejected for admission to the state’s flagship campus. Three-fourths of freshmen gain admission on academic grounds if they rank among the top 10% of their high school’s graduating class. But others are admitted through a “holistic” evaluation in which admission officers, alerted to each applicant’s race by a label on his or her file, may take into account racial or ethnic identity, among other factors.”…

“The white students alleged that the admissions formula violated federal civil-rights law. In August, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks rejected their claim, finding that Texas’s admissions plan was legal because it was based on the Michigan system upheld by the Supreme Court.

The plaintiffs then appealed to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans; whoever loses there likely will ask the Supreme Court to take up the issue.”…

“Patricia Ohlendorf, vice president for legal affairs at the Austin campus, said many private and public universities take some account of race in admissions. Because blacks and Hispanics on average score lower on entrance exams than white and Asian-American applicants, universities have adopted affirmative-action programs to compensate.

“We think it is critical to being able to achieve the diverse institution that we think is important,” she said.

The Obama administration agrees. “[The] university’s effort to promote diversity is a paramount government objective,” says the brief filed by the Education and Justice departments. The administration disputed claims that Texas was simply engaging in raw racial preferences.”…

So, the Obama Adminstration supports quotas, and is willing to use the Federal Government to support them.  No surprise there.  Not really sure why the federal government is taking a position on college admissions either way, especially if it is not in support of the plaintiffs.  Must be those “evil Democrats” I’m always hearing about…maybe Hannity will take a break from calling for Americans to die in an assault on Gaza to mention this.  Well, before you write that check to the RNC…which Michael Steele will probably end up just spending on a bottle of Cristal…just remember, your badass, Cowboy Hat-wearin’, “terror”-fightin’, scourge of the Middle East “W” was the jackass who helped keep the University of Texas’ anti-white discrimination in place these last few years.  Gotta love that GOP!  So, “diversity is a paramount government objective” is it?  I wonder if the University of Texas will take…dare I say…”affirmative” steps to increase the diversity of the student body in its African-American Studies Department.  Shouldn’t they have to?  I mean, according to them, having a person of a different race on your right and left in class somehow magically transmits knowledge to you by itself.  Maybe they’ll start lowering admissions standards and offering scholarships to convince white kids from Kentucky to leave their trailer parks and become “Partially-Hydrogenated Food Products and the African-American Experience”-majors.  I hear they’ll be offering a PhD track for this in the Fall.  Maybe UT-Austin should change its name to UT-Steele.