FROM Breana Weaver
Racial Diversity at UCLA…before and after Prop 209 "What unique perspective does a minority student bring to a physics class?" That question was asked today by John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States. The court was re-considering the case of Abigail Fisher , a white woman who sued the University of Texas, Austin, for admitting black students while rejecting her. She said affirmative action was a form of racial discrimination. David Savage covers the court for the LA Times . In California, considering race for public college admissions was banned when voters passed Proposition 209 in 1996. The percentage of African American students dropped by half the following year -- from 6% to 3%. Ten years later, it was 2%. We hear from African American students at UCLA, before and after Prop 209 went into effect.
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