Originally created 02/10/01

Preferences lose again



It's gone largely unremarked in our race-sensitive state, but fair-skinned Georgians are winning "reverse racism" lawsuits.

The latest such case came this week when the University of Georgia agreed to admit two white students to its law school and to pay them $55,000 in damages and attorney fees.

Perhaps UGA's law school lawyers should return to law school. Legally, they didn't lose the suit, they "settled" it. But from a practical viewpoint, it sure looks like the students beat them hands down.

The young man and woman challenged on constitutional grounds a UGA preferential admissions policy that favors minorities. The policy was declared unconstitutional last July by U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield and is now on appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the meantime, the university, on orders from UGA President Michael Adams, is carrying on like Edenfield never made a ruling. The so-called affirmative action policy is as preferential as ever.

How many more costly settlements will the law school have to agree to in order to sustain discriminatory admissions that, in all likelihood, will fail higher court scrutiny? Adams could save Georgia taxpayers money by abandoning the unfair policy.