Black students and college graduates are pretty pissed with Antonin Scalia.
The Supreme Court Justice triggered an alarm on Twitter when he made some disturbing remarks about black students being better off attending "slower-track" universities while presenting oral arguments for the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case.
To catch you up to speed, the suit was brought about by a white undergraduate student named Abigail Fisher, who claims that the University of Texas failed to admit her during the year she applied because of her race. According to Mother Jones writer Stephanie Mencimer:
The University of Texas-Austin is being challenged over its use of race in admissions decisions for about 25 percent of its freshman class. About 75 percent of the students at UT-Austin are admitted through what's known as the Top Ten Percent program, in which any student graduating within the top 10 percent of his or her class is guaranteed admission, regardless of race. The other 25 percent are admitted via a "holistic" process that takes race, and other factors, into account. It's the "holistic" program that Abigail Fisher—who was denied admission for the university in 2008—is challenging.
The University of Texas has determined that if it excluded race as a factor, that remaining 25 percent would be almost entirely white.
The 25-year-old, who went on to attend and graduate from Louisiana State University, is now a financial analyst in Austin. What she wants now is for UT to pay for not admitting her. Critics argue that the suit could potentially derail affirmative action, or that considering race in college admissions policies could soon be illegal.
Now that oral arguments are being heard at the Supreme Court level, Justice Scalia decided to argue that black students don't perform well at UT, and should go to schools where they could do better. The Washington Post reported:
...Scalia cited “those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school — a slower-track school where they do well.”
He went on to say: “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas…. They come from schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
So Black Twitter clapped back in the most beautiful way possible, and from it we saw the #StayMadAbby hashtag, where black college graduates from UT, and beyond, showed their educational excellence in all of it's finest glory.
Since it's Black Twitter, they also took more shots at Abby, because that's what we do.
The most interesting thing about Fisher's case, and the emergence of the hashtag, is that UT claims that Fisher was never going to get into UT. Her 3.5 GPA and her SAT scores weren't high enough, and she also wasn't involved in enough extracurricular activities, which did nothing to convince the university to give her a chance.
But somehow, she feels that white students should have a chance to get into UT before minority students.
A decision on the case is expected in June.