Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she supports affirmative action in higher education because she believes that alternatives based on geographic or economic status don’t work to ensure a diverse student body.
Sotomayor has said race-conscious programs in the 1970s that opened Ivy League schools to minorities were essential to her rise from the Bronx public housing projects to her admission to Princeton and Yale Law School, where she excelled.
Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina, was asked by George Stephanopoulos in a segment taped for ABC’s “This Week” about programs that might increase diversity that would be “less fractious” than the use of race.
She said other programs have not proved as successful in diversifying student bodies and that universities should be able to consider race and not just academic measurements.
“What does qualifications mean in an academic setting?” she said. “A place like Princeton could fill their entire beginning freshman class with students who have scored perfectly on undergraduate metrics.
“They don’t do it because it would not make for a diverse class on the metrics that they think are important for success in life.”
It is unusual for justices to appear on television, although most make exceptions when they have a book to promote. Sotomayor is promoting her memoir, “My Beloved World.”
The whole system is starting to self-implode upon itself, as the People are beginning to see that non-Whites cannot function at the same level as us.
Like rats on a sinking ship, we now see these traitors trying to prop up the rotten structure. It can’t last forever though.