Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejects the notion that using alternative measures to affirmative action such as income or residency could achieve similar results in diversifying the nation’s colleges and universities.
She says on ABC’s “This Week” that statistics show the alternatives simply don’t work.
Sotomayor strongly backs affirmative action and wrote the dissent in April in a 6-2 decision that upheld a state’s right to outlaw the use of race in determining admissions.
Sotomayor is the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court and graduated from Princeton University. She said her alma mater could fill its freshman class with students who scored perfectly on undergraduate metrics, but it chooses not to do so because it would not create a diverse class based on standards the school considers important for success.