ERIC Number: EJ999722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-11
Affirmative Action Redux: Who Is behind the Latest Effort to End the Consideration of Race in College Admissions?
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n18 p20-21 Oct 2012
The homepage of the Project on Fair Representation (POFR) features a smiling photo of Abigail Fisher, the young White woman at the center of "Fisher v. the University of Texas," which could end race as a criterion in university admissions. Edward Blum, founder of POFR, a conservative advocacy group, connected Fisher with Wiley Rein LLP, the Washington, D.C. law firm that will argue her case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Fisher claims that UT discriminated against her because she is White. But the closely-watched case is more than one young White woman's challenge to UT's admissions policy because she was rejected. The lawsuit is part of a concerted effort to end race-conscious policies--from universities to the workplace. Historically, civil rights organizations have relied on the U.S. Supreme Court to expand access to education. In 1950, the "Sweatt v. Painter" decision opened professional and graduate programs to Blacks at UT and other Southern universities. In 1954, "Brown v. Board of Education" ruled that separate but equal schools were unconstitutional. Today, conservative groups seeking to undo race-conscious policies are pushing cases all the way to the high court. As founder of the Project on Fair Representation, Blum connects plaintiffs such as Fisher with lawyers and fundraisers who help pay for the litigation. Blum works with the Donors Trust, a nonprofit based in Alexandria, Virginia, which provides funds for legal challenges to race-based policies.
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Admission, Lawyers, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Higher Education, Race, Reverse Discrimination, Racial Discrimination, Selective Admission, White Students, African American Students, College Students, Racial Segregation, Voting, Racial Relations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Grutter et al v Bollinger et al