Fisher v. Texas, which the Supreme Court will decide this month, concerns whether it’s constitutional for the University of Texas at Austin to consider race in admissions. The case has also spurred a non-legal debate, including in The New York Times, on whether the country would be better served by shifting from race to class in admissions as a way to achieve diversity on campus.
In the lead-up to the decision, it’s worth mulling what the University of California told the Supreme Court in the Fisher case. It knows whereof it speaks. In 1996, voters in California passed Proposition 209, which took effect two years later, prohibiting race-conscious admissions at public institutions like Cal.