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Colleges and the Court

Recorded on February 22, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dreamed that someday we all would be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.

The Supreme Court may rule that it's time we put Dr. King's goal into action. 

For decades, colleges admitted minority students even when their grades and test scores were lower than everyone else's. White students complain that now they're being discriminated against.

Affirmative action plans were created, supposedly, as temporary measures to help groups who were historically disadvantaged. Now recent history has given them advantages for almost 50 years.

When the Supreme Court last considered race-based college admissions, they let it continue by a one-vote margin. But the makeup of the Court has changed, and now they've agreed to consider a case from Texas that may tell colleges it's time they became color-blind.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.