A step closer to 'colorblind society'?

Friday, October 12, 2012
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

An organization of black conservatives hopes the Supreme Court will strike down the University of Texas's affirmative action policy.

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.

Meredith, John (Project 21)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 spokesman concludes.

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