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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Affirmative action is rarely discussed on the campaign trail, but it nevertheless is a matter of heated debate in Washington this year.
The Supreme Court today will hear an hour of arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which asks the court to rule on whether the university's consideration of race in admissions is constitutional. Abigail Fisher, a 22-year-old white woman who was rejected from UT Austin in 2008, has filed suit against the school, arguing its consideration of race doesn't meet standards previously set by the high court. If the court rules against the university, it could potentially change the way schools across the nation talk about race.