This morning, the Supreme Court’s decision on Fisher vs. the University of Texas was in favor of the university by a 4-3 vote to uphold their Affirmative Action program. This was not the first time the case had been reviewed by the Supreme Court, but it was the first definitive position taken by the Court on the case.
It was a crushing blow to the case of Abigail Fisher, who claimed that a large part of her rejection to the University of Texas was the Top 10 Percent program, where a varying percentage of the top students in Texas high schools are guaranteed admission to the university. The program had brought added diversity to the school, according to the New York Times:
The Top 10 Percent program has produced significant racial and ethnic diversity. In 2011, for instance, 26 percent of freshmen who enrolled under the program were Hispanic, and 6 percent were black. The population of Texas is about 38 percent Hispanic and 12 percent black.
Fisher, who ultimately attend Louisiana State University, said “I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has ruled that students applying to the University of Texas can be treated differently because of their race or ethnicity… I hope that the nation will one day move beyond affirmative action.”
When news of the decision broke on social media, Twitter began reacting to it rapidly from people who were both pro and anti-affirmative action. The tweet that arguably gained the most traction, however, was one that coined a nickname for Fisher.
Becky with the Bad Grades, a reference to the phrase “Becky with the good hair” from the song Sorry by Beyonce, spread like wildfire. People began reacting to the decision under the hashtag #BeckyWithTheBadGrades.
Others began mocking Fisher for not getting in despite being a potential legacy applicant, with a father and a sister that attended Texas. Others noted that Fisher sued despite the Texas offer that she could transfer there in her sophomore year were she to maintain a certain GPA her freshman year, and that the overwhelming majority of students who were accepted to UT despite worse test scores than Fisher were actually white.
This being Twitter, many others simply decided to express their opinions on the Supreme Court’s decision through the ever-powerful tool of memes, pictures, and GIFs.
#BeckyWithTheBadGrades is still trending into the late afternoon with plenty of reactions, pictures, and GIFs from both sides of the argument.