NY urges high court to uphold affirmative action


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on behalf of New York and 13 other states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a previous ruling allowing race to be a factor in college admissions decisions.

Schneiderman submitted a brief to the nation’s highest court arguing that it is Constitutional for higher education institutions to consider race in order to foster diversity in their student bodies.

The court will hear oral arguments Oct. 10 in a case against the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative-action policies.

“For years, public universities have been permitted, under multiple landmark Supreme Court decisions, to take applicants’ race and ethnicity into account as one of many factors in individualized, holistic admissions decisions,” Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday. “To protect the academic freedom of public institutions of higher learning and to allow them to achieve the full educational benefits of diversity, the Court should stand its ground against efforts to roll back these precedents.”

Under Texas’ “Top Ten Percent Law,” all students graduating in the top 10 percent of their Texas high school classes are automatically admitted, and in recent years, that has filled about 70 percent of the entering class. UT fills the balance of the class using individualized admissions, with race and ethnicity considered as a factor.

Abigail Fisher, who is white, was denied admission to the university in 2008. She sued, claiming that minority applicants who were less qualified were offered admission, violating her constitutional rights.

Joining in Schneiderman’s brief are: Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Read the full brief here: Texas Brief


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  1. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    Someone Please Bring Me My Blindfold!…. What exactly are the Framers of Our ( or Let Say My Republic’s) Constitution will be thinking reading this News?

    I am feeling the Same! …..

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

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    By the Way!…HOW does the HABIBHASAN, The “Other” Color of ” the age old Racial Divide” that according to The Census 2010 became “a Minority” The White People will be accomodated in this ” UPHOLDING REQUEST”?

    AND, All those Americans WHO ARE not of Black Color of Skin do or be…. I personally don’t think that ” AFFAIRMATIVE ACTION” may be treated as a “Fairy Tale in Putin” or is an Appopriate ” Bed Time Story”

    Are We all Blind? Someone said ” We can Forgive a Child of being Scared of Darkness; but what shall We Do when Adults are Scared of The Light?”

    What say you?

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.

  3. College athletes, too, are often an embarrassment to academia. For those who are an embarrassment, and for everyone else, if you can’t academically hack college, prove yourself first at a Community College (which the taxpayers fund generously) and WORK your way up. If you don’t have the brains to excel, you can become a civil servant and probably make more than most college graduates.

  4. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    (D E F I N I N G ) Here! I would add a very important Point based on My Research on Multicultural Ethnicity in The United States…. VIS-A-VIS ” The Rationale of Imposing One Race Over The Other”

    What are We doing and What have We done?

    When I ( Particularly ) talk about ” The People of America WHO are “Black Color of Skin” I must write that ” those Black People Really Suffered under The Colonial Salavery” When General George Washington Gained This Republic; and in his Last Will ” Freed The Slaves that Worked in his State” !

    Fifty Years Later The Republic Gained a lot than Commonly Believed by The Present Inhabitants of America today! The Reason is that ” many have no clues” of “the History or The Sacrifice” that the Black Americans ( including the ones who were Slaves ) fought alongside of The General. Had! there been ( what the Propoganda teaching in 2910 American Schools and Colleges ) about Slavery is 9o% not accurate! Had it been accuate the Americans ( who were Slaves and Black) would have not joined the side of General Washington! Think! If unaware of History then use Common Sense… What do you think?

    Now! My point is that When I Refer to ” BLACK PEOPLE OF AMERICAN DECENT” has completely changed in the 21st Century! The Present-day Reference of “BLACK PEOPLE” has very successfully with the help of Media ( in My Analysis ) has not only overtaken but also discarded the very notion of “The American Black Men and Women”!…

    This is like taking advantage! ” .. of someone’s sufferings” for Political Gains!

    I want the Readers to know that THE WAY AND USAGE OF ” Black” in Present Day America has nothing to do with the ” American Black People” what so ever!…

    EXCEPT ” only the Skin Color in Common” The Majority of ” this switch of abusing Black History” by the Africa’s Immigrants and forming a ” Birth Rate Majority” has nothing in Common whatsoever with American Black Population!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

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    DO YOU THINK that The Honorable US Supreme Court will consider My Point? May be I should send a Motion as “amicus currie”! Who says I can’t speak Socrates Language!… But! I Prefer David Hume!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

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    …. No! It’s not “sauce of any type” ! I would call it a ( May be Parafine ) for the Corrupts Hypocrisy and Salt and Pepper for The Truth that Established in First 50 Golden Years of Our Republic!

    It can help put the Facts Before The Honorable Court for Analysis of Facts ( usually ) not Presented in Law Suits where The Case is Filed as Conflict Between 2 Individuals or Parties… The Plaintiffs and The Defendants….AND, unfortunately ( that ) Case is Fooled to be called ” a Landmark Case” and the Judiciary actually ” get an opportunity to legislate rather to interpreting The Constitutional SUPREMACY and if it has been violated or not!

    The American People have no Clue About The Confirmation Mess that goes in Washington DC when any appointment is made by any Administration!

    The Worst diversion occurred in the 21 st Century! The Foundations of The Diversions were put in place after 1954! President Truman was a Great President! He did what the Founding Fathers Envisioned! The Same Envision was a bit ” reflected in President George W.Bush” too! But! ….don’t forget! General Colin Powell was advising him and later before Retirement joined Mr.Brack H.Obama!

    And, HABIBHASAN – An American Storyteller didn’t get it! As Neither ” Bush got it!” I am positive about that!… Now its time for ” Obama to get it for himself or Not get it for himself ” !

    November is not far away!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.