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It Doesn’t Make It Alright
Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process at Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. Photo by Adam Glanzman via Getty Images

It Doesn’t Make It Alright

The SCOTUS decision on affirmative action has ended a hypocritical and incoherent policy.

· 15 min read

In 1994, while I was a law student at the University of Houston, I received a call from a lawyer in Austin. He wondered whether I would be interested in joining a class-action lawsuit against the University of Texas (UT) School of Law. “Why would I want to do that?” I asked. Because, he replied, my application to the law school had been rejected primarily on the basis of my race. Had I been black, based on my test scores and grades, I would have been more-or-less automatically admitted to UT Law School. However, since I am white, I was placed in a “discretionary zone,” and UT decided to exercise its discretion to reject me.

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