Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 7.45.20 AMOn Tuesday in a 2-1 decision, a federal appeals court ruled that the University of Texas at Austin can factor race into college admissions.

“To deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience,” wrote Judge Patrick Higginbotham.

The case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, was brought on by student Abigail Fisher, who was denied admission at the school in 2008. Under the state’s top 10 percent plan, top high school graduates within the state are guaranteed a spot within its university system. Fisher was not in the top 10, so she had to compete with thousands of other applicants. Still, Fisher argued racial discrimination in favor of minority students with lower grades.

Fisher plans to appeal the ruling.

“It is disappointing that the judges hearing my case are not following the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer,” Fisher says in a statement. “I remain committed to continuing this lawsuit even it if means we appeal to the Supreme Court once again. It is a shame that for the last six years, hundreds of UT applicants were denied admission because of UT’s racial and ethnic preferences.

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  • Lo

    Girl let it go

  • Anonin

    Needs to go back to Narnia with her rejection denial

  • AbortionsAreNotShameful

    Black Student on Campus: “Damn! I’m one of 10 African Americans in the incoming class of 1500 students. I wonder whose spot I took?” LET THAT ONE SINK IN MS. FISHER

  • shybookworm

    I’m so glad the appeals court ruled this way. Fisher and other people like her love to point the finger at blacks and other POC when they don’t get into their school of choice. The funny thing is that white women have benefited the MOST from affirmative action policies–WHITE WOMEN. So she really needs to have a 1000 seats and shut the heck up.

    Anytime someone comes out with a lawsuit like hers, it’s always about how black people are getting preferential treatment in getting into top schools. However, on many campuses, Asians students make up the largest minority group, but no one is bitching about that. Why? Because many Asians enjoy model minority status. Many white people consider them to be inherently smart so they don’t question when they get in to their school, but when we do, it’s all, “They don’t deserve to be here” because they naturally assume our ability is subpar.

    I wonder if UT-Austin has ever released all the SAT scores and grades of all those admitted by race. If so, I’d bet a million bucks that Fisher would find that many white students who didn’t have top scores and grades got in. In fact, I’d bet she’d be surprised (and disappointed) that most of the black students have better scores and grades than her. She and other like-minded people like her can’t fathom that black people are as smart and SMARTER than she is.

    That’s why I was SO happy when all those stories of young black boys and girls getting accepted into Ivy league schools made the press this spring. Story after story showed that their hard work paid off in near perfect and perfect SAT scores and impeccable GPAs. Even the ones who were counted out because they were foster kids or young dads or moms still overcame their circumstances and excelled. So, racist whites really need to STFU. We’re where we are because WE deserve to be. Deal with it.

    • Irnise Fennell

      Agree! Agree! Agree!

    • binks

      This!!! The entitlement issue she and others like her have is truly sickening. And you are so right, she is so worried about a black student who supposedly “took” her place when more than likely someone who looks like her did. They are so used to getting things (even when they are average) that they can’t phantom someone who more deserving being picked. And FYI whatever happened to moving on and dealing with rejection, their are plenty of people who didn’t get into their first choice even when on paper it seems like they would. Yeah it is disappointing but nothing is guaranteed to you in life.

  • Me

    she’s gonna appeal?! white folks w/money to burn. wonder how many kids tuition her attorneys fees coulda covered.