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Justice Sotomayor Explains Her Support for Affirmative Action

Justice Sonia Sotomayor defends affirmative action

In a segment for ABC's "This Week," Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor explained her support of affirmative action. 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she supports affirmative action in higher education because she believes that alternatives based on geographic or economic status don’t work to ensure a diverse student body. Sotomayor has said race-conscious programs in the 1970s that opened the Ivy League to minorities were essential to her rise from the Bronx housing projects to her admissions to Princeton and Yale Law School, where she excelled.

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