Brad Messer Commentary
Tuesday, November 25, 2003


Ahead Into the Past

Seven years ago, an appeals court said UT-Austin could not use race as a factor in deciding who to let into law school. The Hopwood decision banned racial preferences in admissions.

Cheryl Hopwood hadn't been able to get into college because some people of color were put ahead of her in line, based on their race. She sued, and won.

A few months ago the U.S. Supreme Court, in effect, reversed the Hopwood ruling.

The University of Texas at Austin now says it will go back to a version of its old policy. Being of a minority race won't get you any certain number of points, because points won't be used— but your minority status will help.

Putting one person ahead of another because of skin color sounds like something our country would never do.

I think it doesn't set much of an example of our supposed color-blindness before the law.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


Houston Chronicle 11/24/2003
Rice to weigh race in admissions; UT proposing to do same


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