Black students and alums of the University of Texas had the prefect response to Justice Antonin Scalia’s offensive remarks during oral arguments of one of the most important cases on the fate of Affirmative Action.
The plaintiff, Abigail Fisher, argued she was denied admission to the university because she’s white and was passed over for minority applicants. While Fisher’s grades and test scores were mediocre (and Black and Latino students with higher grades and scores than Fisher were also denied admission), Scalia argued that perhaps Black students need to attend “slower-track schools” because the University of Texas is just too advanced.
Of course, Scalia’s comments did not sit well with many, including Black students and alumni of UT. After yesterday’s remarks, a comment by one Twitter user sparked the hashtag #StayMadAbby.
— Blue Dream (@theREIGNYseason) December 9, 2015
— internal processor (@AMixedReaction) December 9, 2015
— love, darbie. (@lovedarbie) December 9, 2015
The tag quickly took off with UT grads and students sharing photos of their experience at the university. And it was absolutely beautiful.
— Renaissance Man (@iDrewItUp) December 9, 2015
— Chad Think He Smart (@chadstanton) December 9, 2015
— Ms. Henry (@mshenrybaby) December 9, 2015
— Soul Cypherer (@Justinfication) December 9, 2015
— Alexis George (@alexisdgeorge) December 9, 2015
— Pha (Fay) (@PhaThePhenom) December 9, 2015
— Princess Loooooooove (@DrTwerkSum) December 9, 2015
— Casanova Ya Majesty. (@ThatsWhatDeSaid) December 9, 2015
— Evelyn (@EVEEEEEZY) December 10, 2015
— peaches (@i_love_erica) December 10, 2015
The hashtag even spread to others who used it as a moment to affirm Black excellence and achievement.
So much Black Excellence in this #StayMadAbby hash. ?
— Clapbactivist™ (@steenfox) December 9, 2015
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) December 10, 2015
— Chico $werve (@2Much_SOLE) December 10, 2015
— Jennifer Michelle (@jmk1310) December 10, 2015
#StayMadAbby HT is what separates Twitter from everything else. Pure brilliance.
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) December 9, 2015