Erika Aguilar Blog 3


Usually minorities are at an advantage when it comes to affirmative action because their race does not either help them or harm them when it comes to college admissions. This appears to not be the case in Texas. This issue came about with the Fisher v. University of Texas, who stated that you can consider race in admissions so long as you follow the “strict scrutiny” standard. It is difficult to use race as a factor that helps with diversity in a school. Although they have not explicitly said that race will be used, they have said that there is no other way to achieve true diversity without taking race into consideration. Texas used to have the top 10% rule that only took students that are in the top 10% of their graduating class into consideration, but now race is starting to seem more ideal for admissions. 

This affirmative action program that minorities once depended on could in fact be harming their chances of getting into college now. The picture about shows people supporting the University of Texas’ decision in denying Fisher admissions to their school. This relates to inequality because it depicts race as a component of student’s chances of getting into schools, this mirrors many years after slavery when black people were first allowed to attend school with the whites. Now if the 7 to 1 rule continues to be used, it would be a matter of race that determines whether you can go to school with the whites today also.


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