Well, this ruling set off a firestorm. The Supreme Court voted 6-2 to unplug “affirmative action” in colleges – they can’t use race preference in their admissions process. The vote was all Conservative justices versus the 2 liberals. Justice Ketanji Brown recused herself based on her connection to Harvard. The case involved the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, which states that no state shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Colleges have adopted rules to make only certain persons eligible to be admitted based on their race. Today the change may turn back to merit-based admissions…IF the left doesn’t totally ignore the ruling.
The case involved a challenge to UNC under the 14th Amendment, and Harvard under Title VI.
The ruling stated in part:
The Constitution deals with substance, not shadows, and the prohibition against racial discrimination is levelled at the thing, not the name. A benefit to a student who overcame racial discrimination, for example, must be tied to that student’s courage and determination. Or a benefit to a student whose heritage or culture motivated him or her to assume a leadership role or attain a particular goal must be tied to that student’s unique ability to contribute to the university. In other words, the student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual – not on the basis of race.
Many universities have for far too long done just the opposite. And in doing so, they 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 Roberts writing for the majority (The cases are Students for Fair Admissions v. Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina, Nos. 20-1199 and 21-707 in the Supreme Court of the United States.) Breitbart
This is the day we understand that being judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin, is what our Constitution intended.
Today’s SCOTUS decision on Affirmative Action is good news for every single corridor of this nation and one we should celebrate. pic.twitter.com/vCd4cm0f7t
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) June 29, 2023
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Justice Thomas wrote a concurring secondary opinion. But some on the left are furious. Here is just a sample of the melt-downs:
If SCOTUS was serious about their ludicrous “colorblindness” claims, they would have abolished legacy admissions, aka affirmative action for the privileged.
70% of Harvard’s legacy applicants are white. SCOTUS didn’t touch that – which would have impacted them and their patrons.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 29, 2023
Here we go again. The left is melting down over SCOTUS torching race-baiting affirmative action. pic.twitter.com/1Sg2qXTcG2
— suzy (@Suzy_1776) June 29, 2023
SCOTUS ruling to end Affirmative Action is driven by anti-Black racism. And the bizarre irony is that white women have benefitted more from affirmative action than every other racial demographic—Combined.
So, this SCOTUS ruling harms WW the most.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) June 29, 2023
Obama just released a statement on today’s SCOTUS decision in which he said affirmative action “allowed generations of students like Michelle and me to prove we belonged.”
Did he just say that he and his wife were not qualified to get into college and only did because of their… pic.twitter.com/IEUVqjKztk
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 29, 2023
“Anti-Black racism.” What about anti-White, anti-Asian, anti-Native, and every other anti-racism? Entrance to colleges should be based on merit- the ability to do the work and learn, not skin color. IF any person can pass the entrance exams, they should be able to attend college. Quotas, preferences, etc. are a horrible measure of a person’s abilities.
“Today’s landmark SCOTUS decision is reason to celebrate! Any use of racial preferences to give favor to one group over another is wrong. Today marks a major win for the ideal of judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.” Heritage Foundation on Twitter
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