The Supreme Court’s Rehash of Fisher and Affirmative Action

After the Supreme Court’s second go-round with the Fisher vs. UT-Austin case last week, the big headline to emerge isn’t about whether the high court sends it back to the lower court, or if this is the start of the beginning or the end of the use of race in admissions.

No, instead we’re hearing a lot about “mismatch.”


We aren’t talking dating sites but college admissions.

But there are some people who see affirmative action as akin to taking someone who should be on but going on instead.

Is that the best chance for a love match?

Not if you ask Justice Antonin Scalia.

At the Fisher hearing, Scalia brought up the idea of the mismatch, the notion that Blacks, and presumably people in color in general, would be better off if they just didn’t gain admissions to  the harder, mostly White  elite schools.

“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 slower-track school, where they do well,” Scalia said. <Read more.>

Via Emil Guillermo, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.