As a fellow black graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, I felt that it was my duty to sound off on (by this I mean roast) Abigail Fisher and Antonin Scalia.
Abigail Fisher was rejected admission into UT and blames affirmative action because she is white. Ironically enough, according to TIME’s 2013 article, affirmative action programs have disproportionately benefited white women.
During this week’s revisit of her case Fisher vs. University of Texas, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that African Americans should attend “slower” colleges.
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less — a slower-track school where they do well,” Scalia said.
Well slow me down, because if I’d attended a “slower” college, I might not have thought to publicly deliver stats and facts to those that mistakenly believe black students can’t handle prestigious universities.
No shade to any other race at UT, but across the collegiate spectrum of those I encountered during my four years, there were no students who studied and worked harder than my black peers.
Overwhelmingly sufficient evidence shows that Fisher’s grades were mediocre and she simply wasn’t qualified to get into UT. Even with a point for race, “she still wouldn’t have met the threshold for admissions,” UT says. Ethnic proportion of white students at UT is 45% while black students only make up 4%. #StayMadAbby
Along with the other black graduates in this article, I have earned my horns. It’s not that we’re mad, but that we’re not to blame either. From our application essays to our last essays during finals (hell) week, we have strived to achieve excellence regardless of our race, and we will continue to do so.
Abby, if you’re reading this it’s too late.