For black students at Texas, Supreme Court remarks are a burden added

Dec 14, 2015 by

As a chemical engineering major who aced high school science courses and was a regional leader in the National Society of Black Engineers, becoming a physics tutor at the University of Texas at Austin came easily to Claiborne Jones.

But students never seemed to seek his help.

“People I was tutoring would blow me off, as if I didn’t know what I was talking about, and ask someone else if it was correct,” Jones, 21, said.

Black students at the university, particularly in the sciences, found themselves on the defensive again last week after Justice Antonin Scalia, during arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, questioned whether admitting more black students would benefit them or the university. The case before the court, Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, is likely to affect the future of affirmative action nationwide.

Abigail Fisher, who is white, originally filed the lawsuit claiming she was rejected by the school under a race-based admission system. During Wednesday’s session, Scalia questioned whether affirmative action truly helps black students.

Source: For black students at Texas, Supreme Court remarks are a burden added – LA Times

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