October 15, 2012 – Segment 3


We take up the topic of affirmative action in college admissions, with the Supreme Court currently hearing Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the case of a white woman who claims affirmative action policies at her university of choice caused her to not be admitted. The young woman, who was denied admission at University of Texas at Austin, attended Louisiana State University and works as a financial analyst. However, she argues that she would have gotten at better job had she attended UT. Despite her claims, the University of Texas says she would not have been admitted whether or not their admission policies, which consider race as one of many factors in admission, existed.
We are joined by:
  • Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and columnist and political analyst;
  • Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about a variety of education issues;
  • and Rachel D. Godsil, a staff lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Manhattan, to talk about this case and the debate surrounding affirmative action.