Wednesday, June 25, 2003

I guess I'm not alone in my logic.....


O'Connor voices hope for day affirmative action not needed
In a rare interview the day after issuing a landmark University of Michigan ruling, a key justice reflects on racial preferences, her groundbreaking career and life on the high court.

By Jan Crawford Greenburg, Washington Bureau
Published June 25, 2003

WASHINGTON -- A day after announcing the Supreme Court's most significant decision on race in a generation, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said in a rare interview Tuesday that if America provided adequate educational opportunities for young people, it could someday achieve the goal of ending affirmative action in college admissions.

Looking 25 years into the future, O'Connor said: "I hope it looks as though we don't need artificial help to fill our classrooms with highly qualified students at the graduate level."

"And if we do our job on educating young people, we can reach that goal," (empahsis mine) she said, leaving no doubt that the secrecy-shrouded court is aware of the dramatic impact its rulings can have on American life. O'Connor made the comments in a wide-ranging, 40-minute interview with the Tribune to discuss her new book.

O'Connor, who wrote Monday's landmark affirmative action opinion for a 5-4 court, also acknowledged that the decision went beyond the court's previous statements on the use of racial preferences in education.

For the first time, a majority of the court said colleges and universities could consider the race of an applicant to get a diverse student body. It upheld an admissions policy at the University of Michigan Law School, where officials used race as a "plus factor" when evaluating applicants.......

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Maybe I'm reading too much into that statement, but I still think it's relevant. I too truly hope one day we don't need Affirmative Action. That day is not today.

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