Today is a sad day in American history.
The US Supreme Court has ruled against race-aware programs in universities, awarding victory to a group that argued that institutions should not consider race when evaluating admissions applications. The Supreme Court, which has a Conservative majority, was expected to make a decision unfavorable to affirmative action.
The ruling is a major blow to nearly three-decade-old efforts to diversify American universities.
In the majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts, who was echoed by all five of his fellow Conservative judges, both Harvard’s and the UNC’s affirmative action programs “inevitably make negative uses of race, involve racial stereotypes, and have no meaningful endpoints.” “.
“We have never allowed admissions programs to work this way, and we will not do so today,” Roberts wrote.
The majority said the universities’ policies violated the equal treatment clause of the 14th amendment.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a liberal and African American, described the verdict in a dissident as “truly a tragedy for all of us.”
Her Liberal colleague, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said in sharp contradiction: “Today, this court stands in the way, undoing decades of precedent and meaningful advances.”
Sotomayor, one of the three Liberals on the court, said the majority “believe that race can no longer be used to a limited extent in college admissions to achieve such crucial advantages.”
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