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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action

Justice Sonia Sotomayor went public defending Affirmative Action in higher education.

Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court, told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that apportioning advantage based solely off of location or income statistically does not work. “It just doesn’t. If you start from the proposition that advantage inures to a background that’s privileged. And it does.”

Sotomayor grew up in housing projects in Bronx and eventually went on to graduate from Princeton University summa cum laude. “A place like Princeton … could fill their entire beginning freshman class with students who have scored perfectly on undergraduate metrics,” Sotomayor said.

To the Supreme Court Justice, race is a role that overplays privilege in many realms. “Even privileged people will show you dramatic accomplishment that doesn’t go just to grades.”

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