On Oct. 12, 1977, the Supreme Court heard the landmark Regents of University of California v. Bakke (1978) case on affirmative action. This was the first of several lawsuits challenging the use of race in college admissions. Subsequent famous cases include Grutter v. Bollinger, Gratz v. Bollinger and most recently Fisher v. University of Texas, the subject of the video below.
The decisions in these cases have not put the subject to rest, and it appears a new case is being developed which will look at discrimination against Asian-American students.
- What do you think makes this issue so difficult to resolve?
- In one of these cases, Grutter v. Bollinger, Justice Sandra Day O’Conner famously wrote on behalf of the court that “The Court expects that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary …” That was in 2003. We are now more than halfway to the 25-year mark. Do you believe conditions are moving in the direction that that 25-year goal can be achieved?
27, Sept. 2018, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke [Digital photograph]. Retrieved from <supremecrtcases.weebly.com>.