Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action in college admissions and says race cannot be a factor
Protesters outside the Supreme Court. Image via AP.

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John Roberts wrote universities can no longer treat race as a 'touchstone' of personal identity.

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down affirmative action in college admissions, forcing institutions of higher education to look for new ways to achieve diverse student bodies.

The court’s conservative majority overturned admissions plans at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest private and public colleges, respectively.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that for too long universities have “concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built or lessons learned but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent that the decision “rolls back decades of precedent and momentous progress.”

In a separate dissent, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson — the court’s first Black female justice — called the decision “truly a tragedy for us all.”

The Supreme Court had twice upheld race-conscious college admissions programs in the past 20 years, including as recently as 2016.

But that was before the three appointees of former President Donald Trump joined the court. At arguments in late October, all six conservative justices expressed doubts about the practice, which had been upheld under Supreme Court decisions reaching back to 1978.

Lower courts also had upheld the programs at both UNC and Harvard, rejecting claims that the schools discriminated against white and Asian-American applicants.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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  • Real Thomas Kaspar

    June 29, 2023 at 11:04 am

    At some point the pendulum had to swing the other way . People have been gaming all aspects of Affirmative Action for decades .


    June 29, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Good morning America,
    In regards to the recent rulling by The Supremes:
    Well now America that was fun.
    But now stay tuned for an in-depth review of The Supreme’s latest rulling and what it means to you:
    Sure America loves The Supreme’s when they rule in favor of our party and hates The Supremes when they rule against our party.

    But heres something you dont know about The Supremes:

    The Supremes have a secret vault of documents carefully filed and maintained over their entire history which allows them to accuratly perdict 12 months out which political party will prevail in upcoming elections based on news items and various other data collections which I, Earl Pitts American, am not at liberty to share with the public.
    Anyway as is in keeping with tradition: about 8 to 10 mounths out in front of any major election The Supremes will “throw the winning political party a major bone” in the form of a favorable rulling for the upcoming winning political party.
    The reason behind this is to cement in the upcoming political parties collective minds The Supremes willingness to rule mostly in their favor during that parties “turn at power”.
    Finally, America, The Supermes dont do this for the reasons you may be thinking. No. The Supremes realize they could all be marched into prison and replaced by hack political Judges at any time.
    And thats why, America, we just witnesed the most accurate perdiction of a Conservative Sweep of The 2024 election.
    True Word America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Mercury Eduardo Slaveen 👍

    June 29, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Big nothing burger for the far right religious court. They will do AA anyway. Just news fodder for the sub-apes.

  • PeterH

    June 29, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    Donors to Colleges and University Foundations can earmark scholarships for students of a particular ethnic or gender background.

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