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University of Texas affirmative action case heads to Supreme Court, Al Sharpton holds D.C. rally

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As the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a discrimination case filed by a white woman against the University of Texas, the Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a rally outside to show support for the school's admissions policy.

The high court will take up affirmative action at universities on Wednesday.

It'll hear arguments over a University of Texas program that uses race as a factor in a quarter of its incoming classes.

Abigail Fisher says the university chose not to admit her because of her race. She says that violates the constitution’s equal protection guarantee.

Opponents say the university is practicing illegal discrimination by considering race at all.

The school says using race as a factor is the only way to keep the student body diverse.

The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely.

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