An organization of black conservatives hopes the Supreme Court
will strike down the University of Texas's affirmative action
The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.
Abigail Noel Fisher, who is white, claims racial preferences caused
her 2008 application for admission to be rejected in favor of a
lesser qualified minority candidate.
Project 21, The National Leadership Network of
Black Conservatives, has joined with the Pacific Justice Institute
in submitting an amicus brief on the case. Spokesman John Meredith,
the son of civil rights icon James Meredith, whose famous case led
to integration at the University of Mississippi in 1962, weighs in
on Fisher's case.
"[In] today's day and age, we are no longer in need of having
affirmative action in a lot of cases," he offers. "Just the ability
to compete naturally should be enough for people of color, or
anyone for that matter, to succeed in this country."
Meredith explains that his father was academically qualified
when he applied for admission at Ole Miss 50 years ago.
"He was actually admitted to the university prior to common
knowledge of his race," he details. "So, he had already been
admitted, and Ole Miss was attempting to walk back his admission to
the university once they discovered his race."
Meredith says his father agrees that racial quotas are
unconstitutional and that the high court should rule
against the University of Texas.
"I think it takes us a step closer to being that fundamental
colorblind society that a lot of people hope to achieve and
certainly falls within that character that Martin Luther King
established with the content of one's character," the Project 21