The NAACP released the following statements regarding the United States Supreme Court’s hearing on inclusive admissions policies in Texas higher education institutions.
From NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:
“In order to succeed in the 21st century, our nation cannot afford for schools to exclude any of the communities that have built this nation,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “America led the world in innovation and job creation in the last century we can do it again in this century if we have all hands on deck working together. As leaders from the business and military communities have affirmed, for our country to have the best leaders tomorrow we must ensure that all universities are opened to every community today.”
From NAACP General Counsel Kim M. Keenan:
“The University of Texas’ admission policy is narrowly tailored to promote a broad and diverse student body,” stated NAACP General Counsel Kim Keenan. “The policy is individualized and would recognize race for students of all colors where the student has experiences that would benefit all of the students. Given the history of institutional discrimination in Texas, this approach recognizes that the benefits of a diverse educational experience need be rooted in the past to make a difference today.”
The NAACP and other leaders from the civil rights community rallied at the steps of the Supreme Court today to call attention to the issue and the case.
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