LDF attorneys Sherrilyn Ifill, Janai Nelson and Monique Lin-Luse responded to controversial points raised by conservative Supreme Court justices at oral arguments held on December 9, 2015, including a suggestion that African- American students who come from “lesser schools” and seeking admission to the University of Texas’ flagship campus in Austin might perform better if they attended lower-track colleges. Read the brief in the Fisher v. UT case here.
Should race be a consideration in college admissions? For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court justices are considering the constitutionality of that question. Gwen Ifill examines the opposing viewpoints with Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation and Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell speaks with Janai Nelson of the NAACP about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments that black students benefit from a “slower track” at less prestigious schools and what it could mean for the case the high court is considering.