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Black Conservatives disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in the Fisher v. University of Texas Affirmative Action Case

Affirmative Action Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas Today Disappoints Black Conservatives.
 
 Leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network are expressing disappointment over the decision handed down this morning by the U.S. Supreme Court inFisher v. University of Texas, a key affirmative action case. 


The high court ruled that the race-conscious admissions program at the time of Abigail Fisher's application to the University of Texas is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.

With the Pacific Legal Foundation and others, Project 21 submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case in September, and has twice before submitted friend of the court briefs in Fisher (here and here).

"I ?m very disappointed," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, an attorney, constitutional law commentator and former member of the faculty at the George Mason University School of Law. Once again the Supreme Court had the chance to banish the role of race in school admissions. In this case with no showing of bias or race-based hostility and with the option of a very workable race-neutral admissions alternative, the Supreme Court chose to allow schools to use the race of a college applicant as a relevant selection criteria. In the 21st century we should be able to move past the shibboleth that the race of the other students in the classroom is relevant to your ability to learn."

"Instead of these constant arguments about affirmative action I'd like to see as many resources and as much attention paid to properly educating black students regardless of socioeconomic status as is being paid to preserving racial preferences. Academic set asides actually diminish a black student's chance of graduating from college; by placing them in environments that they are ill-prepared to be a part of. Instead of looking at forcing students into elite universities, let's address the root issue, low academic performance," said Project 21's Stacy Washington, host of the Stacy on the Right Show, broadcast on 97.1 FM News Talk KFTK out of St. Louis, Missouri.

"Black students come into kindergarten with fewer words spoken to them over the beginning of their lives. They know fewer sight words and cannot count as high as their white counterparts. This deficiency widens over time, resulting in a lower probability that they can compete in extremely competitive academic environments. This is easily rectified. End these set asides and place the focus on teaching parents how to prepare their children for school," Washington continued.

"Reading 20 minutes a day. Limiting TV viewing to the weekends only. Placing academics at the top of the priority list. Asking your children questions, listening to their thoughts. Eating dinner together. These things provide an environment that produces children that can compete with others regardless of race."

"Let's spend some capital on teaching parents that," Washington concluded.

"I cannot say that I know all the details of the case, which will be forthcoming," said Project 21's Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality. "But in this day and age, where we are several decades away from segregation, and a country where the definition of what it means to be a minority, African-American and/or black is not as simple nor as one dimensional as it once was; we need a reimagining and redefinition of Affirmative Action. A program that should be character-based, socio-economically-based vs. race- or gender-based."

"A poor person of any color, a socio-economically deprived individual who demonstrates a 'character quotient' to overcome and do extraordinary academic work has earned special consideration and benefit of affirmative action," Innis added.
"One is not born with virtue because one's gender happens to be female, as opposed to male; nor black, as opposed to white, nor because a surname is Hispanic as opposed to Anglo."

"Virtue comes with acts, not birth," Innis concluded.

"By upholding the use of race in college admissions, the United States Supreme Court has once again made it impossible for aspiring non-white students to succeed on their own academic merits without there being a 'question mark' attached to them," said Project 21'sDarryn "Dutch" Martin. "Racial preferences will forever represent a dark cloud over the heads of every minority student, no matter how academically conscientious and hard-working, who wants to be taken seriously based on his or her individual accomplishments and work ethic alone."


Project 21 has released six press releases in the Fisher case since 2011 (hereherehere,herehere, and here), quoting many of its leaders.

Video and audio recordings of very many Project 21 leaders discussing affirmative action on television and radio can be found on the National Center for Public Policy Research YouTube page. A Project 21 policy luncheon on the Schuette affirmative action case, featuring Jennifer Gratz, can also be viewed on the National Center YouTube page.

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Affirmative Action Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher Today Gives "Reason to Fear the Future" Says Project 21’s Joe Hicks
 

Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles political activist and longtime Project 21 member Joe Hicks is joining other colleagues in the Project 21 black leadership network who have expressed disappointment over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, a key affirmative action case, earlier today.

The high court ruled in favor of race-conscious university admissions.

With the Pacific Legal Foundation and others, Project 21 submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case in September, and has twice before submitted friend of the court briefs in Fisher (here and here).

"Lacking the towering presence of Antonin Scalia, a majority Court opinion has said today that it is Constitutional to racially discriminate," said Joe R. Hicks, a political analyst and Project 21 member. "Justice Kennedy, who has become an infamously erratic SCOTUS voice, joined the four reliably liberal justices to opine that '... race-conscious admission programs... [are] lawful.' While voting today for racial preferences, Justice Kennedy (who wrote the majority opinion) scolded the University of Texas, saying the university has a duty to 'minimize' its use of race. Good luck on that. Universities around the nation, who literally worship at the altar of diversity, are joyful and will now feel emboldened to increase programs that advantage so-called 'disadvantaged minorities' while freely discriminating against all who are not."

"To say that today's decision is disappointing would be a serious understatement. Today, the Court has decided in a way that is nothing less than a blow for equality under the law. It panders to the left/liberal mantra of 'classroom diversity,' that even the University of Texas was too embarrassed to make in its SCOTUS arguments. With Scalia gone it makes clear the importance of a future president who will have the courage to appoint a voice on the Court who represents an adherence to strict 'originalist' Constitutional principles. However, this is a frightening thought. One presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, is poised to populate the Court with liberal nominees who believe the Constitution is a 'living document,' while the other, Donald Trump, appears woefully ignorant about the issues involved, is ideologically-erratic, and has boasted that he just might appoint his sister, a leftist Federal District judge. Meanwhile, today the Court has legalized discrimination... and there is reason to fear the future," Hicks concluded.

Project 21 members Horace Cooper, Stacy Washington, Niger Innis and Darryn "Dutch" Martin all commented on today's Fisher decision in another Project 21 press release, available here.

Project 21 has released seven other press releases in the Fisher case since 2011 (herehere,herehereherehere, and here), quoting many of its leaders.

Video and audio recordings of very many Project 21 leaders discussing affirmative action on television and radio can be found on the National Center for Public Policy Research YouTube page. A Project 21 policy luncheon on the Schuette affirmative action case, featuring Jennifer Gratz, can also be viewed on the National Center YouTube page.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations, and less than two percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.

 

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