AUSTIN, TX – The right color is important at the University of Texas at Austin.
The proof that even God is a Longhorn is seen in the sunset, which is burnt orange.
But two Texas women say UT denied their admissions back in 2008, because they were the wrong color.
Rachel Michalewicz of Kyle went on to graduate in three years from St. Edwards University in Austin and is now in law school at Southern Methodist. Abigail Fisher of Sugar Land graduated this year from Louisiana State University.
They say UT rejected them because they are white, which really frosted Fisher because her father and sister went to UT.
So they sued the university, challenging the constitutionality of its admissions policy because it allows racial profiling, or preference, depending on how you look at it.
When the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments this week, Fisher will be the only plaintiff, because Michaelwicz graduated by the time the court decided to hear the case.
Fisher told the Project on Fair Representation that any kind of discrimination is wrong, particularly race and gender.
‘A good start to stopping discrimination would be getting rid of the boxes on applications: male, female, race, whatever. Those don’t tell the admissions people what type of student you are. Or how involved you are. All they do is put you into a box.’
Houstonians we talked with agree.
‘I just think discrimination is a bad thing,’ said Matthew Cardamone. ‘I think you just gotta look at more than the color of people’s skins, like their grades and everything. That’s what you should be looking at.’
Saveem Afraz, agrees. ‘It doesn’t matter what color a person is. If they can qualify, I think that should be what matters.’
UT says it can use race-based admissions, because of a 2003 Supreme Court ruling on the admissions policies at the University of Michigan.
Regardless of the outcome, someone’s horn is gonna be hooked.