After news of the Supreme Court ruling upholding Affirmative Action in admission decisions in the state of Texas spread, Black Twitter decided to celebrate the announcement by taking a few shots at “Becky with the bad grades.”
In this instance, “Becky” was Abigail Fisher, a white Texan who claimed she was denied entry into the University of Texas because of her race. Fisher argued she would have been allowed into the Austin campus if they hadn’t admitted under-qualified minorities. But as it turns out, Fisher wasn’t that qualified either. Her high school GPA wasn’t within the top 10 percent of her class, and 168 candidates with the same, or even higher averages than Fisher’s, were also turned down for entry into the selective university.
Though Fisher called the Supreme Court ruling disappointing and said she hopes “the nation will one day move beyond affirmative action,” Black Twitter threw a party.
The hashtags #BeckyWithTheBadGrades and #StayMadAbby (a throwback to last December when the court heard arguments on the case) started trending. Some used the tags to discuss their own experience with entitled “Beckys” while in college, and others cracked some hilarious jokes.
— Lavinia SheBeShonuff (@SheBeShonuff) June 23, 2016
— Tea Lizard (@innerthots1) June 23, 2016
— NORMANI♕ (@joifulnoiseee) June 23, 2016
You was looking for lawyers when you should’ve been looking for tutors #BeckyWithTheBadGrades pic.twitter.com/sG4kmgh3ep
— Julia. (@sohosultry) June 23, 2016
Sometimes they think a white person’s D is equivalent to a PoC’s A+. #BeckyWithTheBadGrades
— Son of Baldwin (@SonofBaldwin) June 23, 2016
— Amanda Bennett (@theamandashow16) June 23, 2016
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) June 23, 2016
— Kimberly Hallums (@KimmieIs2Real) June 23, 2016
— Rebecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) June 23, 2016
Yes, shout out to @SheBeShownuff indeed.