Abigail Fisher, Affirmative Action, & Why Reverse Racism is Rubbish

After appearing before the Supreme Court bench for the second time, the nation’s highest court dealt a death blow to Abigail Fisher. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Abigail Fisher took the school to court and argued that the school’s affirmative action program was unconstitutional.

Why? Because it placed an undue burden on Fisher – and by extension, white applicants for enrollment – who, as a white person, was forced to sit at the back of the bus at the expense of applicants of color, so to speak.

To state it plainly, Abigail Fisher was of the opinion that her enrollment at the University of Texas was denied in order fulfill a “quota” for people of color. You know, because the pursuit of diversity at an institute of higher learning, requires the oppression of people like Fisher – you know, people who are unlucky to be born white.

I don’t want to get too deep into the case (there’s a very good read at Colorlines that details the case and its implications). Nor do I want to waste time Talking about how there were over one-hundred applicants of color admitted to the school with better scores than Fisher. Instead, I want to talk about the fallacy of reverse racism. In particular, that programs that seek to increase diversity in higher education and open up doors of opportunity for racial minority groups are discriminatory. According to some, policies like the University of Texas’ affirmative action program represent what they call reverse racism.

The real truth is that Fisher had mediocre grades and test scores.

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, noted radio and television personality and beloved white freedom fighter, Sean Hannity, questioned whether affirmative action was “equally wrong” as discrimination.

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): If discrimination is wrong, and I think we all agree with that, is another kind of discrimination as a remedy, is that equally wrong?

DANIELLE MCLAUGHLIN: Well this is the eternal question, and John Roberts famously said “the way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” And Jay, I’d be interested in your thoughts, but the liberal view is  African-Americans, Hispanics — basically non-whites — have had a long history of discrimination in this country and that we still are required to have some kind of consciousness in terms of righting those historic wrongs.

JAY SEKULOW: Part of it is kind of this enabling, I think, of the vestiges of Jim Crow, except it’s a long time ago. And if you talk to a lot of academics, African-American academics, they’re saying that young men and women that are coming out of high school or college or going into the professions that are minorities compete very well with their non-minority counterpart. So the point is I think what Danielle said was right and I think John Roberts was right. The way you end discrimination based on race is to stop discriminating based on race. So I think it needs to be more of an equal playing field now. I think that’s where this should go; it was going in that direction. Danielle was right. I think it was surprising Justice Kennedy went the way he did here, although this case had, the majority opinion has a lot of caveats.

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I don’t want to waste any more keystrokes than I already have on the subject of affirmative action. There are many blog posts on the subject on this very website. If you’re interested in checking them out, might I suggest that you read here, here, and here.

However, allow me to be clear on one simple point. That would be, that the notion of reverse racism is a lie. I won’t profess to be the voice of all people of color, however, I will say that any belief in reverse racism is totally foolish. Any such arguments from white folks, in particular, is tantamount to a seven-foot-tall professional basketball player bitching about getting his dunk blocked by a midget.

But, of course, don’t tell that to the fine conservative folks ar Fair Representation who bankrolled and pursuaded Fisher to file her lawsuit.

Let’s be real: there’d be no need for affirmative action if certain people in America were a lot nicer to Native Americans and eventually picked their own cotton instead of subjecting an entire race of people to some of the most inhumane and dehumanizing treatment ever. I’d like to think that things would be different if it wasn’t for that minor faux pas.

Look, reverse racism is a lie. If you’re white and you believe minorities are blocking your greatness, you’re just not doing whiteness right.

Abigail Fisher’s case is quite ironic when you think about the fact that the biggest benefactors of the civil rights movement and the opening of doors of opportunity were indeed white women. Yes, see how privilege works?

That said, while I don’t know what’s next for Abigail Fisher or where she goes from here. My guess is that Abigail Fisher can soon declare to be a Black woman like Rachel Dolezal and get a full scholarship to an HBCU. You know, because that’s just how that “white privilege” thing works.

Yes, even when we win we still lose.