As many of us may have heard during the court presentations, Fisher vs University of Texas was meant to be the last word on affirmative action for a while. Justice O'Connor wrote "We expect 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary." For supporters of affirmative action, this was a great victory. Affirmative action was decided to be constitutional in theory, but some restrictions were placed on it. Yet, barely 2 years later, the Supreme Court looks to decide on the case once again.
Why do Courts revisit cases?
The court doesn't often revisit cases. Once a decision has been made, it's typically unlikely that justices will have changed their mind. Often, the only time a a court will revisit a case is when at least 4 justices think that they have the votes needed to overturn the case. So does this mean affirmative action is about to be overturned? Many supporters are worried that the answer is yes.
Source: Associated Press
Chief Justice John Roberts questioned whether racial diversity had educational value, asking "What unique perspective does a black student bring to a class in physics?"
Justice Samuel Alito suggested that by seeking even more minority students, University of Texas is belittling its current minority students.
1. Do you support affirmative action? Why or why not?
2. What do you think will be the result of this case?