Leading military officers and many of the country’s biggest businesses concur that the Supreme Court should continue to take an applicant’s race into consideration vis-a-vis college admissions.
But they may be fighting a losing battle as the justices take up a case that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.
The court is hearing arguments this Wednesday for the second time in three years, in the case of a white Texan woman who was rejected for admission at the University of Texas.
Abigail Fisher already graduated from Louisiana State University three years ago, but has kept up her legal fight, backed by a prominent opponent of preferential treatment for racial minorities.
The court’s renewed interest in her case worries supporters of affirmative action.