How to put together a writing bucket list

This is a just a morbid thing for me to write about but, hey, I've reported on mayhem so I can deal. I have a writing bucket list. Yes, a list of things I want to write before I kick the bucket. This thought comes after hearing several of my favorite writers express the same … Continue reading How to put together a writing bucket list

Nothing’s wrong with Texas that doesn’t need to be wrong

This question drives me insane. You could ask this question about any state, especially those south of the Mason-Dixon Line. We're a different breed south of that line. So different that understanding us is difficult. But Texas is, well, Texas. We have this verbrato the size of our great state. Frankly, we have the right … Continue reading Nothing’s wrong with Texas that doesn’t need to be wrong

I’m brown, let me in. The case of Affirmative Action

I am the product of affirmative action. It has gotten me in front of people who I never would have seen, to plead my case on why I was more than qualified to be part of their world. I've won some of those arguments. Others I've lost. But I've never once thought that I didn't … Continue reading I’m brown, let me in. The case of Affirmative Action

On affirmative action, Supreme Court sends Texas case back to lower court

I’ll have my take on this today.

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The Supreme Court did not make a major ruling on affirmative action. Instead, it ruled 7 to 1 to send the affirmative action case involving the University of Texas back to the lower courts.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admissions plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny and further review the case.

The case challenging affirmative action, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, involved a non-Hispanic white student, Abigail Fisher, who was denied admission to the University of Texas-Austin.  She argued she was qualified to attend UT Austin but was not accepted due to current admissions policies favoring minorities.  The University countered she was not accepted because her grades did not put her in the top 10 percent of her class which automatically would have gained her admission in a very competitive year.

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Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?

The conversation was one I didn’t know would happen but I’ve had before. After Paula Deen was unceremoniously booted from the Food Network today, I get a tweet from a friend about the incident. Essentially part of the conversation went like this: She: what did you expect from someone from the South. Me: But I’m … Continue reading Does being Latina exclude me from being Black?