Conservative protesters no-show as Supreme Court weighs landmark affirmative action case

Campus Reform Reporter
62
Total Shares

Conservative activists were notably absent from a large rally on Wednesday in front of the Supreme Court as justices began consideration of a landmark case on the legality of affirmative action.

The protest on the steps of the highest court in the land did, however, feature around 200 students or more, all of whom appeared to be in favor of current affirmative action laws being considered in the case,  Fisher v. University of Texas.

Conservative students were noticeably absent from the demonstrations taking place in front of the Supreme Court as the justices heard opening arguments in a case that might decide the fate of affirmative action.

“I’m out here because I think diversity is important,” Daniel Ramos, a John Hopkins student told Campus Reform. “I believe that we are not at the point where race no longer matters.”

Other supporters argued that colleges should not simply judge applicants based solely on academic performance.

“I don’t think that just grades and test scores are the best way to decide who should be admitted to a college or university because there is so much more that makes a person than just that,” said Michelle Lee, a student at the University of California – San Diego.

“Diverse colleges and universities will not happen on their own,” Marcia Greenberger, Founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, told the audience in her speech.

Other speakers reflected similar views.

“Many students of color face extra obstacles to success not faced by others, and when students do well despite these obstacles, universities should be able to give them a chance to succeed,” said Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

In the case before the Supreme Court, the University of Texas introduced racial preferences in admissions to ensure a racially diverse student body. Abigail Fisher, however, filed a lawsuit challenging this policy after she was denied admission to the school.

Her case directly challenges Grutter v. Bollinger, in which the high court upheld the affirmative action policy of the University of Michigan Law School.

Follow the authors of this article on twitter: @TimPDion & @oliverdarcy

LATEST TWEETS

thatsticker
@thatsticker - 6 hours ago

Hi @campusreform and THANKS! Don't forget to RT the #MAYGIVE for possible freebie! via http://t.co/7PvwaOYYg0

Tom Skinner
@MoldingLeaders - 7 hours ago

@campusreform Welcome. Thank you for following us.

Glenn Bullock
@JohnnyClutch - 10 hours ago

@campusreform Ever consider the damage the welfare voter does to the democratic process? Please forward. http://t.co/Ixym0cl5OK

The College Fix
@CollegeFix - 10 hours ago

'Progressive Socialist' claims he has Ebola, licks conservatives at Clinton speech http://t.co/xFGdSnCxMo via @campusreform

Sherry Leeds
@S_Leeds - 10 hours ago

@CalebBonham @Navymom21 @campusreform He said we just want to get laid &smoke pot. Think he was talking about his own party,

BOSS Alameda County
@turnlivesaround - 11 hours ago

@campusreform The Media is our 4th Estate! Thanks for keeping it alive and for Following BOSS!

Cherylyn HarleyLeBon
@HarleyLeBon - 12 hours ago

Colleges Are Already Screwing Up New Campus Safety Law That Includes Domestic Violence http://t.co/TgekUqlZBg @campusreform @MediaLizzy

WhyNotPot?
@WhyNotPot - 17 hours ago

@campusreform thanks for following, happy to help promote your efforts! #WhyNotPot?!

Latest 30 Articles