“The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) and United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund (UEAALDF) defend, without reservations, the entire current University of Texas at Austin admissions plan.
“The Ten Percent Plan [guaranteeing admission to the top 10 percent of every high school regardless of SAT scores] is by far and away the most democratic, equal, fair and transparent admissions system of any elite university country…
“[I]n the context of UT Austin’s primary admissions system (the Ten Percent Plan), sets aside twenty-five percent of UT Austin’s seats to students who come from Texas’ privileged majority-white schools. It incorporates&em;such as standardized test scores, alumni preference, access to Advanced Placement courses, high school rank, and extracurricular activities–that give a huge unearned advantage to wealthy, white students and those from privileged schools.
“In this context, the affirmative-action plan challenged by [Fisher] is the only measure barring this special-admissions track from becoming a blatant white-privilege track for those wealthy, white Texas students who expressly do not qualify under UT Austin’s predominant admissions system.”