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US Supreme Court takes on college affirmative action; UC, Cal State already prohibit considering race

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People wait to enter outside the US Supreme Court March 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a white student’s challenge to affirmative action in admissions at the University of Texas.

The University of California and Cal State systems already prohibit schools from considering race when they admit students.

Attorney Joshua Thompson says that’s the way it should be across the country. He wrote a brief to support the Texas student’s case.

“The reason that our government should not look to race when making decisions is the reason that we have the 14th Amendment," Thompson told KPCC's Larry Mantle. "We should not be stereotyping people. We should not be discriminating against people.”

George Washington represents the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. He says admissions officials should consider race, just as they do applicants’ social backgrounds and economic status.

“The treatment of race is just exactly the same," Washington told KPCC. "It’s recognizing a discrimination and disadvantage in the tests and in the secondary education, and we’re saying treat it the same.”

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case this fall.

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