February 21st, 2012
03:07 PM ET

High court accepts case over use of race in college admissions

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case on the University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies.

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case on the University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies.

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to tackle another election-year blockbuster and will decide whether the University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies violate the rights of white applicants.

If health care reform, illegal immigration crackdowns, voting rights and TV indecency were not enough, now the nine-member bench is poised to add to its high-profile docket, wading into the divisive, sea-change issue of state-mandated racial diversity and affirmative action. Oral arguments would be held this fall, ensuring the court - however it decides the appeal - will be a major campaign issue. A ruling however will not likely be issued until early 2013.

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  1. whyowhy

    Here is the problem. A school has 4000 openings, to qualify you must score between 2000 and 2500. There are 5000 applicants that score 2500 dilemna who get's the spot. Traditonally the white student got the spots. Affirmitive action tried to level the field insisting that the minority students get acknowledged and accepted. So the majority of openinigs go to the white students and the school divides a small percetage to the minority group. Now we have the white students crying foul because they should have all the spots.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:18 am |