(NationRise.com) – In a recent landmark ruling, the US Supreme Court overturned affirmative action, declaring that race can no longer be an admission factor for universities. In a 6-3 decision, the court pointed out that using race as a factor violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
The ruling covered two cases that involved admissions at the University of North Carolina and Harvard. The justices sided with the Students for Fair Admissions organization, founded by legal activist Edward Blum. This organization has been arguing since October 2022 that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s Title VI. This one is known for prohibiting discrimination based on color, race, or national origin.
In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that many universities across the United States have been treating students on “the basis of race.” He added this had been a wrong decision as the country’s constitutional history “does not tolerate” that choice.
Justice Roberts was joined by Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas. The three justices that disagreed with the decision were Ketanji Brown Jackson, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor. The first one was just in part, as she recused from the Harvard case because of her previous role at the university’s Board of Overseers.
Following the historic ruling, US President Joe Biden said he “strongly” disagrees with the decision. The commander-in-chief said that people couldn’t let this decision by the Supreme Court be “the last word,” pointing out that racism and discrimination “still exist” in the country.
In a separate concurrence, Justice Thomas said the Supreme Court’s decision sees the universities’ admissions policies as “rudderless” and designed to guarantee a “particular racial mix.” He explained these policies are “boldly unconstitutional.”
Justice Thomas also noted that while he’s aware of the economic and social “ravages” many people still suffer, he hopes that America will keep upholding its constitutional principles.
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