Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in the Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin II Supreme Court case, is having a bad week — and Black Twitter is rejoicing.
On June 23, the Supreme Court put the death knell in her eight year-long crusade to eliminate affirmative action from college admissions. In a 4-3 decision, the justices ruled in the university's favor and deemed race-conscious admissions constitutional.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority decision. In it, he said diversity is crucial to higher UT-Austin's "identity and educational mission."
"A university is in large part defined by those intangible ‘qualities which are incapable of objective measurement but which make for greatness,'" Kennedy wrote. "Considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission."
The idea that race matters in choosing who makes up a student body is exactly what Fisher fought against. Although she didn't qualify for UT-Austin, based on her 3.59 GPA and 1180 SAT score, she claimed affirmative action violated the Constitution's Equal Amendment Clause. The justices disagreed.
Once the news broke, Black Twitter quickly pounced on Fisher's misfortune, highlighting how affirmative action, which benefits white women most, still couldn't save her from her mediocrity. Taking a page out of Beyoncé's book, Twitter users launched #BeckyWithTheBadGrades.
Here are the best digs: