Obama Administration Urges Justices to Uphold Affirmative Action

David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2012

The Obama administration weighed in on affirmative action for the first time at the Supreme Court on Monday, urging that university admissions preferences for qualified black and Latino students be upheld.

“Race is one of many characteristics (including socioeconomic status, work experience and other factors) that admissions officials may consider in evaluating the contributions that an applicant would make to the university,” U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. said in his brief, siding with the University of Texas.

In October, the high court will hear the appeal of Abigail Fisher, a rejected white applicant who sued the Texas university alleging she was a victim of illegal racial discrimination.


In the past, President Obama has given mixed signals on affirmative action. During the 2008 campaign, he said his two daughters should not receive preferences, because of their privileged background, but other students who faced disadvantages, including low-income whites, should get special consideration.

Verrilli’s brief defends the Texas university’s focus on Latinos and African Americans because they were “substantially underrepresented in the student body.”


Only eight justices will decide the Texas case. Justice Elena Kagan, who was Obama’s solicitor general when the administration supported Texas in a lower court, will not participate. If the court were to split 4 to 4, the lower court’s decision in favor of the University of Texas would stand.

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  • The Verdict of History

    Obango interceding on behalf of his children nationwide. 

    The RNC should air this relentlessly — it would turn millions of struggling middle and working class whites against him with unspeakable intensity (for those not already AWAKE).

  • Detroit_WASP

    I have a dream….that we will all be judged by our abilities and not the color of our skin.

    • That dream is dead… having abilities has been deemed “racist!” The new edict goes strictly by color, and White is last in line.

      • Rocky Bass,

         If they are allowed in the line to begin with!

      • joewest666

         It’s not dead.

        It has been co-oped  and perverted by race hustlers.

  • B

    So if the NBA wants to use affirmative action to reduce the overrepresentation of blacks for the sake of diversity that would be ok too? Racist liberal hypocrites is all they are.

    • Rocky Bass,

       Ability’s uneven distribution has a disparate impact on peoples of some colors. So they must be countered at all expense.

  • JohnEngelman

    I dislike the Supreme Court as an institution. Issues like affirmative action should be decided by the voters. 

  • GravitonX

    I have a serious question.  Do any of you ever get the feeling that the world is passing you by?  Or is it all affirmative action?

    As I mentioned before, I hired an AfricanAmerican two years ago.  No, it wasn’t an affirmative action hire, and he has exceeded my expectations.  Maybe it’s because I don’t come with the native American biases that I can see things more clearly.

    I get the feeling that some of you guys are seriously stuck on stereotypes.  Maybe it makes you feel better.  Afterall, you do have a Black President.

    • Rocky Bass,

       I am happy for you to have encountered a most remarkable black, congratulations. In my work experiences blacks have been the less productive and most troublesome lot around without exception. Anyone else here have similar experiences to recount?

    • Why shouldn’t we be “stuck on stereotypes?” Stereotypes exist for a reason and in the case of blacks, have proven to be mostly true. Congratulations on your Negro success story. Most of us have had much different experiences with blacks.

      • GravitonX

         Maybe it’s where you live.  When I came back to the states, I came to grad school in electrical engineering.  Every black person I met was intelligent, professional, and very courteous, even moreso than my fellow white American mates.  I have nothing but good things to say about them.  That’s why sites like this infuriate me.

        • elitist

          I assume you are arguing that AA should be eliminated.

          But you never come out and say it…hmmm.

          If blacks are so prodigiously talented, then AA should be abolished.

          Race blind admission based on uniform standards will not harm them.

          Is that your position??

          There is one tiny discrepancy:

          Progressives readily admit that black IQ/academic performance is utterly, depressingly, shockingly abysmal – that is why they advocate quotas in the first place, & that is how they justify huge expenditures for special programs for blacks.

          In other words:

          Your (non)position is incoherent.

          Please clarify.

          • GravitonX

             The position is perfectly coherent.  It’s only incoherent if you insist on making up strawman arguments.   Statistically, some will overcome the odds, but it doesn’t mean they did not have extra barriers nor that AA did not remove those barriers. 

            I disagree that their IQ is abysmal or shocking.  The variances have been explained time and time again in terms of socio-economics just like every other group.  Some are fortunate and have very high IQs; some are not as fortunate and do not score as well.  This is not shocking at all.

    • IstvanIN

      We all know the above-average black guy.  The truth is he is the exception.  Even they know it:

      • Detroit_WASP

        Great vid.  Pastor Manning is a bit nuts but he is correct about black behavior.

    • toldev

       Congratulations GravitonX, you have found yourself a magic negro. However, be forewarned that magic negros usually end up showing their true colors at some point.

    • anarchyst

      The kenyan “affirmative action” recipient is NOT my “president”.

  • ed91

     it wasn’t real, it was just part of the big scam………. 

    and here we are.

  • AA HNIC urges policy that got him where he is be upheld.

    Nothing new here people, move on.

    Release all your transcripts Mitt and Paul.

  • GravitonX

     President Obama is still wildly popular around the world, and most of the world is Not Black.  He must really have all of us fooled.

    • IstvanIN

       Why should I care of fools in Ireland or illiterates in Bolivia love him?  He isn’t their “president”.

      • GravitonX

        I don’t know.  Ever heard of diplomacy?

        • anarchyst

          GravitonX–you must be smoking some really good stuff . . . Thanks for the laughs . . . your gullibility regarding the races is priceless . . .

  • GravitonX

     That is pure myth.  There is nothing that forces us to hire anyone.  In all my years, no one has ever approached me and told me that I must hire a black person.  Where are you getting this?  If anyting, the minorities we hire are more exceptional on average than the norm.  The reason why the world is passing you by is because the world is REALLY passing you by.  Get off your backends, stop complaining, get over yourself, and get to work.

    • IstvanIN

       If someone files a complaint and your business is over a certain and your workforce does not reflect the local demographics you get fined big time, which is a form of coercion.

      • GravitonX

         I think someone has fill your head with this nonsense.

  • GravitonX

     Perhaps the war you imagine is the natural war of economic competition.  Instead of complaining, make yourself more marketable.  That also means removing the spoiled, I’m so special attitude, and start competing like everyone else.  Stop expecting jobs and positions to be given to you.  Quite frankly, if you come into my office with a chart of average IQ scores and tell me I should hire you because you’re a member of said group, I’m going to laugh you out of the building.  Stop trading on the accomplishments and achievements us others.

    This is all that I’m going to say.  I wish all of you luck, and I sincerely hope you take my advice and grow up.

    • IstvanIN

       Do you have a clue or are you a person of color?

      • GravitonX

         I’m trying to give you a clue, and I’m white.  One of the best things I ever learned growing up was that I was not special and that I had to rely on my accomplishments.  I certainly hope you get it and stop trading on the accomplishments of others.

    • anarchyst

      I do not resort to name-calling, considering that it is juvenile and contrary to presenting a valid argument.
      However, it appears that GravitonX is a “plant” that was born with a silver spoon in his (her) mouth, attended the finest schools with carefully selected “minority” (black) students. GravitonX has never experienced being the “wrong color” when it comes to racial “set-asides” and “affirmative action”.
      GravitonX, you need to get out more often, leave your “ivory tower” and experience the real world.
      You wouldn’t last 5 minutes on the south side of Chicago.

  • GravitonX

    I’m from Madrid (Mosteles) and there are a far number of Africans.  It’s a new phenomenon.  My brother is a police officer, and told me that last year they had zero blood crimes.  So, maybe you are as you said, but my experience in general has been far different. 

    I hope we do not go the route of the US or France.  It would be a tragedy.  So far we are managing to take a different path.

  • The MSM is seeing its loss of control of White americans, we all know it more and more people are being affected by the bad economy the illegal immigration and AA.