June 01, 2012

Asians Weigh in on Affirmative Action

Four Asian American organizations have joined together to file an amicus brief opposing the University of Texas affirmative action program in connection to the Supreme Court case Fisher v. Texas. The brief claims the policy at the University of Texas at Austin hurts Asian Americans, not just white applicants. Scott Jaschik quotes the brief:
“‘As aspiring applicants capable of graduating from these institutions outnumber available seats...Particularly hard-hit are Asian-American students, who demonstrate academic excellence at disproportionately high rates but often find the value of their work discounted on account of either their race, or nebulous criteria alluding to it.’”