Affirmative action is an American policy that treats less advantaged applicants differently from others – by giving admission to students with a lower SAT score, for example.
Justice Scalia had this to say about the policy: “It does not benefit African-Americans to — to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less — a slower-track school where they do well.”
It would seem that Scalia believes that top research universities are too difficult for students of color…
Scalia is the same Justice whose argument against gay marriage was, “who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms?” he wrote. “And if intimacy is, one would think that Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”
He added “most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas… They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re — that they’re being pushed ahead in — in classes that are too — too fast for them.” Disturbing.
His comments came as the Supreme Court considers the case where a white woman sued the University Texas-Austin, for taking race into account during admissions. She believes that it is unconstitutional.
However, for the majority of students that are chosen for admission in the University of Texas, race is not taken into account.
The National Science Foundation has shown that many of the best African-American scientists attended elite universities. Perhaps Scalia should tell Neil DeGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist, that instead of attending the University of Texas-Austin, he would have done far better if he had gone to a “slower” university.
In response to Scalia’s remarks, the representative for the University of Texas said, “and, frankly, I don’t think the solution to the problems with student body diversity can be to set up a system in which not only are minorities going to separate schools, they’re going to inferior schools. I think what experience shows… is that now is not the time and this is not the case to roll back student body diversity in America.”
Scalia’s remarks were so extreme that even Trump weighed in. He said in an interview with CNN, “I thought it was very tough to the African-American community,” Trump said. “I don’t like what he said.”
In fact, entry to a more selective college for black students has proven to be overwhelmingly beneficial for them; black students of similar SAT scores are more likely to graduate from “fast-track” schools than from less selective ones.