Who Does Affirmative Action Help Most? White Women
Sally Kohn argues that Abigail Fisher has little room to complain
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2013 1:42 PM CDT
Abigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, and Edward Blum, who runs a group opposed to affirmative action, walk outside the Supreme Court, Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court is about to hand down a major decision on affirmative action, based on the case of Abigail Fisher, who claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she's white. Which is kind of ironic, writes Sally Kohn at Time, because "Abigail Fisher is exactly the kind of person affirmative action most helps in America today." Studies have repeatedly shown that white women have benefited disproportionately from the policies, compared to people of color.

"The successes of white women make a case not for abandoning affirmative action, but for continuing it," Kohn writes. Women still face workplace challenges. But black people face perhaps greater challenges; one study found that given identical resumes, employers were much more likely to call back "Greg" than "Jamal." As for Fisher, "there is ample evidence that she just wasn't qualified"—her "personal achievement index" scores were weak, according to ProPublica. Yes, the University did admit students with lower grades than Fisher. "Five of those students were black or Latino. Forty-two were white." Click for Kohn's full column.

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Jun 19, 2013 9:43 PM CDT
I think black women only take advantage of the affirmative action program when they absolutely have to. White women will take advantage of the program if they need it because they want to. There I go again !
Jun 18, 2013 11:05 PM CDT
And Obama's right-hand man made it a point to target "white male construction workers" for exclusion in incentive programs. Not only that, after being badly injured this year I have discovered that my disability check, if approved, will be $500 per month LESS THAN it was just a few years ago. Obamacare: Rob from the entitled sick, give to the unentitled illegal.
Jun 18, 2013 8:34 AM CDT
Actually, the only people NOT HELPED by legal discrimination (affirmative action) are white, English speaking males born here in the once great USA....