Talk about a war on women. Buffy Wicks, who leads the national get-out-the-vote effort for President Obama’s re-election campaign, sued to keep an underprivileged woman from attending the University of Washington law school – because the woman is white.
Court documents list “Buffy Jo Christina Wicks” as one of 13 students at the University of Washington who attempted to join an ACLU lawsuit against Katuria Smith.
Smith, the child of a teenage mother and an alcoholic father, drifted from her broken home through a series of borderline jobs with little inspiration. High school teachers remember Smith as a poor student who skipped school to drink.
Her father’s sudden death caused her to reform. She enrolled in a community college, got solid grades, and ranked in the 94th percentile on the LSAT. She turned down out-of-state offers – because she couldn’t afford higher tuition – but applied to the University of Washington in 1994.
When the school turned her down because of her skin color, she sued.
Columnist Nat Hentoff said in 1998 he asked the dean of the UW law school, “Would she have been accepted if the admissions committee had believed her to be black?”
”There was no hesitation, no equivocation,” Hentoff wrote. “’Yes,’ the dean – an honest man – said. And several of the law professors nodded in agreement.”
Buffy Wicks, who grew up in California, was a senior at the University of Washington 1998. The college newspaper said she interned with the ACLU and had “plans for law school,” although she apparently never went.
By the time Smith’s case made the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington state voters had approved Ward Connerly’s Initiative Measure 200, which would end all forms of reverse discrimination, by a 58-42 margin.
Wicks and a dozen other students tried to join the ACLU’s lawsuit defending the university, because they wanted to overturn the election results.
“I wanted to go to Berkeley, but without Affirmative Action, minority and female students don’t have much of a chance,” said Wicks. “It comes down to two things: either one, white people are smarter, which I don’t believe,” Wicks said, “or two, white people are advantaged from the get-go.”
Curiously, she told a Camp Obama gathering, “I went to Berkeley for a little while” at 20:40 of this video.
The Ninth Circuit found in the university’s favor. However, the ruling did not allow Buffy and her fellow students to join in, because they intended to legislate through the courts.
“Students stated their intent to use the present case as a vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of I-200, which would greatly widen the scope of litigation,” the ruling stated.
Ultimately, the court dismissed their legal arguments as “admirable for their creativity.”
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision, waiting for a similar case involving the University of Michigan to wind its way up the docket.
After being shut out of her first choice law school, Smith went to Seattle University, where she did well – but the school did not carry the same prestige as UW. “There’s a big difference between a degree from the University of Washington and the Seattle University School of Law,” Smith told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Smith went on to graduate cum laude, clerk for Manhattan federal district court Judge Loretta A. Preska, and then marry former New York Senator Al D’Amato in 2004. The two announced they were having a baby in July 2007.
On February 5, 2008 – Super Tuesday – Buffy Wicks celebrated as Barack Obama won 13 out of 23 contests, putting him well on his way to becoming the Democratic presidential nominee.
On the same day, the former Katuria Smith was rejoicing for another reason. Alfonse Marcello D’Amato was born on February 5, 2008.
Her life had found fulfillment despite the roadblocks Wicks and other liberals had thrown in her way.
Ben Johnson is U.S. Bureau Chief of LifeSiteNews.com. The author of three books, Ben was Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine 2003-10. He is also a regular on the AFR Talk network’s “Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham.” His personal website is TheRightsWriter.com.