Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently said she supports affirmative action in higher education because she believes that alternatives based on income or residency simply will not work to ensure diversity in schools. As the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor greatly defends affirmative action because it was this race-conscious program that opened up the prestigious world of Ivy Leagues to minorities, allowing her to go from Bronx housing projects to Princeton and Yale Law School.
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Sotomayor said, “A place like Princeton could fill their entire beginning freshman class with students who have scored perfectly on undergraduate metrics,” but it chooses not to do so because it would not create a diverse class based on standards the school considers important for success. Are they serious? That’s exactly what it would do! Affirmative action has been under attack for decades. In fact, many critics of the program claim that it is indeed a form of racial discrimination. When you look at it from our side, it’s a form of inclusion.
George Stephanopoulos asked Sotomayor on ABC’s “This Week,” about programs that might increase diversity in higher education that would be “less fractious” than the use of race. Sotomayor said that other programs have not proven to be as successful in diversifying student bodies. Sotomayor mentioned the legacy programs that many schools honor, which allow you to have a slight advantage over the competition if your family member had been to that school. You don’t see anyone waving flags and protesting against that type of favoritism. And this is a program that certainly doesn’t increase diversity. Legacies are typically the majority.
Sotomayo’s view is that racial and ethnic quotas have helped to diversify the nation’s colleges and universities and she’d like to be the champion to keep programs like affirmative action going strong. She wrote the dissenting opinion in April in a 6-2 decision that upheld a state’s right to outlaw the use of race in determining admissions. I had been admitted to the Ivy League through a special door,” she wrote in her best-selling memoir, “My Beloved World.” For years, she wrote, “I lived the day-to-day reality of affirmative action.”
Thanks Justice Sotomayor, for continuing to be a champion for people of color.
Check Out This Gallery Of Powerful Women Of Color To Follow On Social Media:
1. 15 Powerful Women To Follow On Twitter
Social media has completely taken over our lives. I've always had a personal opposition against social media, often times claiming that it makes us even more unsocial. However, there is a lot of good in social media that one has to learn how to use for their advantage. The best way to take advantage of social media is to cultivate who you follow. Make sure that who you follow is applicable to your life as well as entertaining. Check out this list of 15 powerful women to follow on Twitter.
2. Erykah Badu
There's just something about Erykah that is beyond hypnotizing. Her tweets bring you into her world of being an artist and a doula. Yes, Erykah tweets about the babies she helps deliver. @fatbellybella
3. Gayle King
Besides being Oprah's best friend, Gayle King is known for being a CBS This Morning cohost and Editor-at-Large for O Magazine. Her take on the entertainment industry is often funny and exclusive! @GayleKing
This woman needs no explaining. Just follow her. @oprah
5. Michelle Obama
Obviously, following the first lady is the first thing you should do on Twitter. Under her new account @FLOTUS, not every tweet is hers, but when you see it signed in "mo, you can guarantee that the first lady is reaching out to you directly. @FLOTUS
6. Christiane Amanpour
As one of the most iconic TV journalists, Christiane Amanpour is a powerful Twitter user. She offers breaking news on global conflicts, and provides unique insights and perspectives to political happenings and world events. You don't even need to follow CNN if you're following Christiane. @camanpour
7. Soledad O'Brien
8. Chelsea Clinton
It helps that Chelsea Clinton is the famed offspring of Bill & Hillary Clinton. But she is also a tireless advocate for a healthy and safe world. As an NBC News Special Correspondent and active member of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea has immeasurable insight of the world to share. @ChelseaClinton
9. Caterina Fake
Caterina Fake tweets about the latest digital news, technology and her own personal views, passions and interests. @Caterina
10. Zainab Salbi
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization's CEO from 1993 to 2011. If you want news, stats and opinions on humanitarian crises, follow her. Oh and you can learn how you can contribute in making the world a better place. Who doesn't love that?! @ZainabSalbi
11. Robin Roberts
This "Good Morning America" news anchor is nothing short of amazing. With her inspirational story as a foundation, follow her entertaining tweets as she hobknobs with celebs and shares inspiring anecdotes from other cancer survivors. @RobinRoberts
12. Mary Grove
Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs. With a passion for building her community, Mary is constantly tweeting about what's next in technology and business. @maryGrove
13. Maya Angelou
There's nothing but reverence in our hearts for Dr. Maya Angelou. Please follow this poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, civil-rights activist, producer and director for tweets that are always worth retweeting. @DrMayaAngelou
14. Gabby Douglas
We've watched her kick major Olympic gymnast butt, but following Gabby Douglas is nothing like following an obnoxious teen who has more gold medals than you. It's just like following your little sister. Check out Gabby's adorable tweets! @gabrielledoug
15. Donna Brazile
You've definitely seen her byline before. Donna Brazile is a political strategist, contributor to CNN and ABC News, educator, author and more. Follow her tweets for absolutely everything a woman of color could ever care about. @donnabrazile
16. Shonda Rhimes
Other than creating one of the biggest shows to his Black Twitter since...well...anything Tyler Perry put out, Shonda Rhimes is one to follow on Twitter and in life! Her tweets are often inspirational and "Scandal"-related. @shondarhimes