It concerns me how small this Abigail Fisher case is made to seem by my fellow white people. This case may have her name on it, but it’s barely about Abigail and her name is only referenced a few times in the whole document.
From what I have read this whole thing is being funded by a man called Edward Blum and his conservative backers and this is not their only case. Blum has taken aim at several “race protection” laws via his non profit The Project On Fair Representation, including wanting changes to the Voters Rights Act.
This man believes that affirmative action laws are unfair to white people and he was LOOKING SPECIFICALLY for a white student and when he found Fisher he convinced her to file and is paying her legal fees, even though he admits that she likely wouldn’t have got in on her scores.
Abigail is a shitty human being for going along with this, but don’t be fooled into thinking it is one white girl who wanted this and instigated this. Don’t use this as an excuse to distance ourselves from this bullshit and pretend it’s one white person.
This is rich conservatives (and anonymous backers) with an agenda and a plan of attack. They will not go away regardless of the Fisher verdict. Because it is not about her, or her grades. It’s white supremacy as part of a monied institution. An institution we ALL DO benefit from.
It’s far more than a temper tantrum by a (very) mediocre white girl, who stands to gain almost nothing ($100 in damages was the sum I believe I read). It’s white entitlement on a grander scale looking for this to cost PoC the little help they have by using the 14th amendment to declare affirmative action unconstitutional based on “discrimination” against white people.
I see a lot of other white people who want to help by jeering at Abigail and that is all well and good, but if we don’t talk about Edward Blum too then we LET him go under the radar and that is bad allyship on our part.
Edit: if anyone knows any black authored posts on Tumblr about Blum I can boost please let me know, tumblr search is fucked.