Will Affirmative Action Disappear?

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Affirmative action’s final fate may soon be decided by a hostile U.S. Supreme Court, yet there are few signs of a major mobilization by those who still support diversity in education. The objective facts of disparity are stark: “While 29 percent of the US population over 25 has a college degree, the number for African Americans is 14 percent.”

Will Affirmative Action Disappear?

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

This article previously appeared on Dr. Malveaux’s website.

One must think that there is an agenda to dismantle affirmative action, because the court chooses its cases.”

The most conservative Supreme Court in the past four decades is poised to overturn the already limited affirmative action provisions in the latter part of this year (after October 1) unless good sense visits one or two of them and they vote in favor of student body diversity instead of against. Since Bush-appointed justices John Robert and Samuel Alito have joined the court as Chief Justice and Associate Justice, respectively, the court has voiced hostility to government uses of race.

The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, was brought by one Abigail Noel Fisher, a white woman student who did not qualify for the Texas Top Ten Percent plan, which automatically admits the top ten percent of every high school class in Texas to the University of Texas. Despite this, Ms. Fisher contends that she was denied Fourteen Amendment protection and was discriminated against because of her race. Her reasoning – though more than eighty percent of UT students are admitted under the Top Ten Percent Plan, others are admitted based on talent, leadership qualities and family circumstances as well as race. This seems to meet the Grutter v. Bollinger standard that race may be one, but not the only, factor in determining college admissions. However, Abigail Fisher is one of a long line of relatively mediocre white students who might or might not have been admitted to UT, regardless of race. The student, who seems unable to accept her own academic shortcoming, is blaming the fact that she didn’t get into UT on African American students, instead of blaming it on herself.

Ms. Fisher contends that she was denied Fourteen Amendment protection and was discriminated against because of her race.”

Ms. Fisher was hardly disadvantaged by the fact that she didn’t get into UT. She was scheduled to graduate from Louisiana State University this year. Lower courts have found in favor of the University of Texas, though the Firth Circuit decision not to review the case was decided narrowly, at 9-7. With two reversals, one would have thought that the lawyers at Wiley Rein would have given up. But with a conservative, race-hostile Supreme Court, these folks were able to convince the court to review this case. Understand that this isn’t a case the Supremes had to take. They could have taken a pass and decided to let the lower courts speak. One must think that there is an agenda to dismantle affirmative action, because the court chooses its cases. In any case, this matter may be decided anytime after October 1, and affirmative action in college admission may be outlawed at all public universities.

While many organizations, on both sides of the table, have filed amicus briefs, I am concerned that the Fisher case is generating much less publicity than either the University of Michigan cases or, the thirty-five year old Bakke case. One might argue that things have changed so significantly that communities of color do not find affirmative action necessary, or that we are so used to being attacked that we will not fight back. But the data make it clear that there are still major gaps in college completion between African Americans, Latinos and whites. While 29 percent of the US population over 25 has a college degree, the number for African Americans is 14 percent. It is 8 percent for Latinos.

If we don’t educate the diverse in the US population, we may see everything from the reading of medical tests, to the programming of our computers done abroad.”

Policy makers are remarkably short sighted when it comes to affirmative action matters. By 2040, our nation will be majority minority, and our nation’s economic survival will depend on this population being well educated and able to provide the services our nation will need. We need more black and brown physicians, nurses, computer programmers, professors, and so many others. We won’t have them unless we educate them. Let’s face it – the average age of white Americans is 42, while the average age of Latinos is 25. African Americans fall somewhere in between, at around 31 years of age. As whites age, who will replace them in the labor market? If we don’t educate the diverse in the US population, we may see everything from the reading of medical tests, to the programming of our computers done abroad.

Our method of delivery educational services has not improved in 40 years. We have not taken demographic differences into account when we look at education. Some say we should base college admissions solely on merit, but when has that ever happened. We admit legacy students, whose parents attended a college, preferentially. We admit athletes simply because they can play. With women representing more than 55 percent of our nation’s undergraduates, I’ve actually attended meetings about affirmative action for men (and that probably means white men since the number of African American men attending college has declined).

The Fisher case makes no sense, but silence around it makes no sense either. Last time there was an attack on affirmative action, lots of Fortune 500 companies, colleges, civil rights organizations, and even the United States Army weighed in. Amicus briefs must be submitted to the Supreme Court by August 6 in order to be considered. Time is running out and too many are fiddling while affirmative action is being dismantled.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author and commentator, and the Founder & Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company. She can also be contacted at JulianneMalveaux.com.



Affirmative Action in practice has only benefited a small American Afrogarchy: the black over-class & black Democratic plantation, not the black masses. I would like to hear more about that as well.

TheRoot.com is in a tizzy about Obama deciding not to luxuriate in Martha's Vineyard for the 4th time (Because of the election. Obama doesn't want to be seen living the good life with other Afogarchs while skipping the hood on the campaign trail. He only wants to be seen holding and kissing white babies, and shaking the hands of white workers).

These negroes are so out of touch, they see it as Obama skipping the black community lol...

Headline: Obama's to "Skip" Martha's Vineyard This Year


Note: I got banned from that website for pointing out that they don't represent black people. I think I got banned around the time I started naming specific cities that Obama will be skipping in key battleground states in the Mid-West and Pennsylvania. I was also talking about Steve Cokely (RIP), and the recent Bilderberg meeting that the Washington Post, Economist magazine (Obama used to work for them before he was allegedly sent on a mission to infiltrate Chicago), and Vernon Jordan attended.



Real Irony of this White Woman's Complaint RE Affirmative Action


Certainly some in the Black 'Aristocracy' have benefitted from affirmative action progs [IE: going to college] more so on average than working-class / working-poor Blacks [except for athletic scholarships]... But Slick Willie let the real 'cat-out-of-the-bag' during his welfare 'reform' & 'Affirmative Action- Mend it Don't End It' - debate when he said 'The fact is the group that’s benefitted most from Affirmative Action [& Welfare] is White Women...' 

Affirmative Action Progs in theory were supposed to 'level the playing field' for Blacks & Browns after decades & even centuries of being locked out of opportunities. But then something strange happened on our way to greater opportunity- the most populous adult demographic group w the longest life-expectancy [IE: white women] somehow got defined as a minority??! Then affirmative action got defined in terms of minority eligibility- which included white women. End result- as more home-boys increasing went to the 'university of hard-knocks' [IE: prison], white women got opportunities for more college degrees, better-paying jobs & BIZ ownership. 

So it’s ironic that a white woman's complaint before the SCOTUS may ultimately finish off affirmative-action for good. I guess the {white}power elites have decided that the doors of opportunity have been opened far, wide & long enough for their women folk to walk thru.


And now this brings us to a small part of the comprehensive counter-insurgency program against black people. When some of us were willing dupes of white women who were alleged CIA agents.

Remember Gloria Steinem and that “Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman” on the cover of Ms. Magazine?

In the book, abolitionists like Harriet Tubman and Sojouner Truth were called “ugly” and “stupid” for supporting Black men. Black Revolutionaries were called “chauvinist macho pigs” and Black women were advised to “go it alone.” Gloria Steinem said that this book would define the future of Black relationships.

She was right. Gloria Steinem’s work triggered a flood of “Hate Black Men” books and films that continues to this day.

Drugs, the poor public schooling to prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex, economic genocide/gentrification and neglect, the nurturing a unaccountable black over-class that would support politicians like Barack Obama, Corey Booker, and Hakeem Jeffries. And of course: Modern day feminism which was meant to be the 21st century Willie Lynch.

WE NEED A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO COINTELPRO, "Operation Frühmenschen" ("Operation Primitive Man") and other similar programs.

Obama Revives Frühmenschen

by Jeffrey Steinberg