AUSTIN — The Texas Exes, a UT-Austin alumni group, apologized Wednesday for calling Supreme Court Justice remarks during the Fisher vs. UT oral arguments earlier this month “racist and offensive.”
During the oral argument hearing on Dec. 9, at which UT-Austin was defending its use of race in admissions, he said “there are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into The University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.”
He added “most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas” and that “they come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re…being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
His remarks were met by wide-ranging outrage, including many African-American UT graduates who touted their successes on Twitter with the hashtag “#StayMadAbby” — a reference to Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in the case.
The Texas Exes joined in, tweeting “Although we take no position on the Fisher case, he comments today were racist and offensive.”But this week, Texas Exes President issued an apology on the website.
“While the Texas Exes have taken no position as to the merits of that case, our intention when tweeting about Justice comments was to support our alumni, many of whom felt insulted by his line of inquiry during oral arguments,” wrote in his statement. “In our eagerness to defend our alumni, we deviated from our own standards when engaging in often heated debate and overstepped our bounds, and for that we apologize.”
He added: “We will, of course, continue to unapologetically defend the quality of all our alumni and our university ’til Gabriel blows his horn!”