Liberal publication Vox recently published an article titled, “A new Supreme Court case makes George W. Bush look like a racial justice crusader,” where they seem to long for the good old days of the Bush administration, saying that the former president was something that the current Supreme Court puts a positive light on.
According to the publication there is a new case on the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” which would “upend a quarter-century of higher education policy and end diversity programs that were once on the cutting edge of conservative thinking.”
“Twenty-five years ago, as governor of Texas, George W. Bush signed a law creating the state’s ‘top 10 percent’ rule, which, as the name implies, guarantees Texas students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class admission to state-funded universities.
The program is still in effect today, although the state’s flagship school, the University of Texas at Austin, now only accepts the top 6 percent of students due to an increase in applicants.”
According to the publication this plan opened doors to some of Texas best public universities to students in predominantly Black or Latino high schools, many of whom were less likely to get into the better state colleges.
“The Coalition for TJ plaintiffs, moreover, have a very real shot of prevailing. The Supreme Court, with its 6-3 Republican supermajority, is increasingly hostile toward any effort to lift up racially disadvantaged groups. And it is widely expected to strike down affirmative action programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina next year.”
But a victory for these plaintiffs would still be an enormous escalation by the Supreme Court, as it would potentially rule out programs that are race-neutral — meaning that they do not require school officials to consider the race of individual applicants when deciding who to admit — but that were enacted in order to foster greater diversity.
However, the court’s recent Republican leaning has many quaking in their boots, hoping that conservatives don’t take the education acceptance system back to the merit-based system, doing away with Bush’s ground-breaking program:
It’s not hard to imagine, in other words, that the Court’s current majority could hold that any policy motivated by a desire to increase opportunities for underrepresented racial minorities is constitutionally suspect.