In a 7 to 1 vote, the Supreme Court sent back to a federal appeals court a case involving the legality of the modest affirmative action program at the University of Texas for student admissions. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the program, but the Supreme Court asked the appeals court to take another look and apply a greater level of scrutiny to the admissions policy.

Transgender Law Center supports affirmative action, and we are hopeful that the appeals court will once again uphold the University of Texas program.

Affirmative action in education is one tool among many that is needed to ensure people of color have a fair chance to succeed. Unfortunately, racism and the institutional systems that support it continue to throw up barriers to people of color in the United States. Transgender people of color in particular face unacceptable and disproportionate rates of discrimination. For example, the report Injustice at Every Turn found that while transgender people as a whole had an unemployment rate that was double the national average, transgender people of color experienced unemployment at four times the national average.

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