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Fisher v. University of Texas (Amicus Brief)

December 9th, 2012

Please let this letter serve as an Amicus Brief for the Supreme Court case of Fisher v. University of Texas.  The question before the court today is whether or not race should be considered during the admissions process into colleges.  As a director of admissions, it is important to ensure diversity on campus and throughout one’s college career.  However, it must be done in a constitutional manner that will not infringe on other’s rights.  Unfortunately, the process of affirmative action is exactly that.  By allowing race to play as a determining factor in admissions, the United States is allowing discrimination to once again become prevalent throughout the nation.
To be “diverse” is defined as “to show a great deal of variety.”  Diversity is applicable to many different aspects of one’s life.  Economic background, religious affiliations, and sexual orientation all contribute to the goal of diversity.  However, there is not one college in the country today who is using those criteria as a determining factor in the admissions process.  There is no reason why race should be an exception.  Racial diversity is just one of the many different kinds of diversity a college can experience.  To allow racial backgrounds to be a factor in admitting potential students is unconstitutional.  It is racial discrimination in the 21st century.  This court held in the case of Grutter v. Bollinger that “substantial weight” should be placed on one’s race during the admissions process.  As a director of admissions, it is vital that this precedent be repealed.  Affirmative action is violating many individual’s constitutional rights.  Because of this, we would ask that the court rule in the favor of Fisher.