Diversity Equals Success
University of Texas vs. Fisher
before the U.S. Supreme Court
October 17, 2012
Field Director of Local 100 United Labor Unions, Orell Fitzsimmons and his wife Judy Graves of the Communication Workers of America spoke on the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday October 17, 2012 at a press conference held by The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, concerning a case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, about affirmative action as it relates to college admissions.
In 2008 a student , Ms. Fisher, sued the University of Texas because her application to attend was rejected due to a number of reason including race. UT has an admission policy that allows less achieving minority students to attend in an attempt to produce a more diverse student body. Ms. Fisher argued she was discriminated against because she was white.
Orell stated, " We are here today to let the Supreme Court know we have a long history in Texas concerning discrimination, may it be voting rights or education. UT has tried to make a change in that history. Our belief in the importance of diverse learning environments is not just pie in the sky, we have seen the benefits of young people of many nationalities and ethnic groups learning togther. As PTA volunteers, we experienced up close how diverse groups of kids work and play together making hot air balloons, playing chess and many other activities. I believe we just don't learn as much or as well when we are surrounded by people just like ourselves. Diversity doesn't just happen in Texas, the Supreme Court needs to reaffirm the University of Texas' right to foster diversity."
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