NAACP Pleased Equal Opportunity in Education Preserved by Supreme Court

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The NAACP released the following statements from the NAACP in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors:
“This is a critical decision toward ensuring equal opportunity in education,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “It is in our nation’s best interest to grant a fair chance to people with various backgrounds and ethnicities. In today’s global economy, all Americans will benefit from a diverse and inclusive environment in higher education.”

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP:
“We are pleased that the Court chose to affirm that there is a place for race in university admissions, “stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “There is a need and a benefit for our nation to ensure all students gets a close look and a fair shot.  We remain optimistic that colleges and universities will continue to act to keep doors open to students of all backgrounds.”

From Kim Keenan, General Counsel, NAACP:
The NAACP applauds the Court’s preservation of the Grutter standard permitting universities to consider racial and ethnic diversity as on factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy,” stated Kim Keenan, NAACP General Counsel.  “Given that University of Texas' policy can be used to admit white students for purposes of diversity, we are confident that Fifth Circuit will uphold the policy. Diversity is an opportunity for all students to obtain an education that will prepare them to interact and compete with anyone, anywhere in the world.”

Last October, the NAACP and thousands activist from across the country rallied outside of the Supreme Court to urge the Supreme Court to uphold  the principles of equality, opportunity and diversity in higher education.

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