Here’s the latest white woman to petition the Supreme Court to affirm that she was denied admission to college because of black people. And in her very first news interview, with Adam Liptak of the Times, she says “I probably would have gotten a better job offer had I gone to U.T.” Imagine that! And sure, yes, a plaintiff has to demonstrate injury in order for the court to establish justiciability, but really, from what dark, sequestered, fucked up inner reaches of our national psyche can someone find it in herself to say with a straight face that the reason she didn’t get a better job offer is because she went to one state university instead of another and that because of this highly tenuous leap of reasoning we should therefore dismantle an entire legal framework put in place to ensure that ours isn’t a country where the only people afforded the opportunity to attend college in the first place—and then wonder if they wouldn’t be even better off if they’d been accepted elsewhere—are privileged white people.
Anyway, fuck you lady!
Yes. At a school where over half the students are white, despite being in a state where only 45% of the state is white, it’s the poor white children who are being unfairly discriminated against. Poor, poor white children.
Keep in mind that at the University of Texas, 75% of students are automatically admitted on the top 10% law. In Texas, students in the top 10% of their classes are automatically guaranteed admittance into state schools. UT was given a special reprieve from the law because so many top 10% students applied and were given admission—only 75% of applicants are from the top 10%, and UT starts admitting at top 1%, then works their way down. Fisher was not even in the top 10% of her class (she had a 3.59 GPA), her SAT score was an 1180 out of 1600 which, while not bad, isn’t stellar either. Her extracurriculars were cello and soccer. That was it. No leadership positions. No academic clubs.
I know people will find this hard to believe is the case at a state school, but if you aren’t in the top 10% of your class (and actually, it’s more like the top 8%), and you are competing for the remaining quarter of spots at UT where over half of applicants are rejected, you’re going to need better than a 3.59 GPA, an 1180 on your SAT, and soccer and cello barely occupying any space at all on your application. It’s cute that you think just by virtue of doing a couple of things and making A’s and B’s you deserve admission into one of the most competitive public universities in the country, but no.
Good lord. You just weren’t good enough. This child probably wasn’t even within sniffing distance of admission, and even though I’m sure she heard her whole life that she was a special, gifted, precious snowflake who’d gain admission to UT because it was a state school that caters to special Texas girls like herself, the truth is, the school is fucking competitive, and compared to most of the non-top 10% people I knew at the university, this girl is a total underachiever. People like this float around thinking the world owes them something, then throws a tantrum when they aren’t given something they think they deserve but don’t.
The sad thing is, this little deluded girl will probably win her case, Grutter v. Bollinger will probably be overturned, and the result will be that access to top schools for black and Latino students will fall off the fucking map. All so that Abigail Fisher—who didn’t have a special snowflake’s chance in hell in getting in to UT to begin with—can console herself that the real reason she didn’t get what she wanted is because black and brown people somehow have an unfair edge over her that she didn’t already get over them from her wealthy suburban public school. Not that, you know, she actually just didn’t cut it with her weak ass application.
i hate this. so much. ruining shit for EVERYONE just because you feel rejected? please. if it were that serious why didn’t she bust her ass at a junior college or do a second senior year to show improvement, focus, and drive? suburbanites do that shit. they send their kids from a public school to a private independent school that’ll make them superstars on the SAT and ACT, so their snot nosed kids can go be snot nosed with at least some semblance of a REASON TO BE SUCH.
I am breaking a personal rule reblogging this, because THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.
Any time something in society shifts to try to level an horrifically unbalanced playing field, where one side is a quagmire of mud from constant rain and the other is astroturf, the class in power will see that as an intentional slight against them.
Miss Spechul Snowflake will probably win her case because that is how shit works in our world. The already oppressed class (I will assert there are Natives in that demographic among blacks and latinos as well) will suffer. More. And their educational opportunities will be further hindered.
WELL DONE WHITE PEOPLE.
Her representation was provided by The Project on Fair Representation, a legal organization dedicated to eliminating Affirmative Action. Where is gets interesting is who pays for that organization.
They are supported by DonorsTrust, a philanthropy group that was established: “to ensure the intent of donors who are dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise” and to prevent donated money from going to people with the “wrong” politics after the death of the donor or a change in the people administering donated monies. Basically, its an organization that allows people to donate money in biased ways and allow their biases to stand once that money has left their possession. Which is whatever, I mean they are shitty principles coming from shitty people, so I don’t expect much better.
The fun part is when I started digging into other things that DonorsTrust and their affiliated organizations have their hands in.
Their CEO, Whitney Ball, serves on the board of the Donors Capital Fund, and organization that has been found to have given almost $21 million to the The Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Middle East Forum, the Clarion Fund, and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Their Chairman, Kimberly Dennis, is the president of Searle Freedom Trust, which is involved in a program of flooding federal cases to create an appearance of groundswell support for pro-corporate, conservative positions, as well as “educational” conferences for federal judges which is linked to ALEC and the Koch brothers.
I could go on, as their vice chair is president of the William E. Simon Foundation which has provided grants to a laundry list of iffy organizations including the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council.
Additionally, both the Project on Fair Representation and DonorsTrust were funding the Shelby County, Alabama challenge to the Voting Rights Act.
There’s more, but I think you get the picture.