ON-Lion Letter
In January, several civil-rights and academic-freedom organizations filed an amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court" brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.  In the brief, the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), the National Association of Scholars (NAS), and the Pacific Legal Foundation call on the court to reverse a district-court decision to uphold the University's use of race-based admissions.

Currently, the University grants preferences to students of certain races and ethnic backgrounds.  The groups believe that such preferences not only propagate racial discrimination and a double standard in higher education, but also directly violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

"In promoting racial diversity, the University dehumanizes and stereotypes the very students it attempts to protect," the brief concludes.  "Because racial balancing clearly has been prohibited by the Supreme Court, the University calls its racial balancing 'diversity.'  But its policy lays its true intent bare.  It is racial balancing by a different name, and cannot survive the demands of strict scrutiny."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ACRI, CEO, and NAS.
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