#StayMadAbby Reemerges Following Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling
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In December, Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas for denying her 2008 admission into the school on the grounds that she believed affirmative action awarded Black and Hispanic students with lower grades acceptance instead of her. On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court decided to uphold the legality of the college admissions affirmative action based on the fact that Fisher’s grades simply weren’t good enough. #StayMadAbby Circulates as Supreme Court Deliberates Affirmative Action Representatives from the University of Texas told the courts that “due to stiff competition in 2008 and relatively low AI score–[she] would not have been admitted to the Fall 2008 freshman class even if she had received ‘a “perfect” PAI score of 6.'” The univeristy bases applicant admissions on two measurements–an Academic Index (AI) and a Personal Achievement Index (PAI)–which considers class rank, standardized test scores, socioeconomic status and race. Fisher scored a 3.1 and less than 6 on the AI and PAI, respectively. When news broke of Fisher’s filing against UT last year, the hashtag #StayMadAbby was birthed from Black Twitter after the Supreme Court sent the case to a lower court and late Justice Antonin Scalia made claims that Black students should attend “lesser schools.” News of the court’s decision on Thursday caused for Twitter to temporarily break out in celebration, dubbing the Texas native “Becky with the Bad Grades.” We guess Abby will take this is as a lesson that hitting the books is more important than trying to hit up the courts. via GIPHY WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.