Kevin Bae

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Supreme Court strikes down racist policies at universities

Asians in the United States, rejoice! Hopefully you’ll be treated fairly now when applying to college.

This is the court the country has needed for decades. They’ve made some poor decisions but not among them were overturning Roe v. Wade and today’s decision striking down racist admission policies at the nation’s universities. It’s a great day for the U.S. Constitution.

Thursday’s decision will force a reworking of admissions criteria throughout American higher education, where for decades the pursuit of diversity has been an article of faith. University officials have insisted no substitute for racial preferences exists that can ensure that a representative share of minority applicants—particularly Black students—gains admission to selective institutions.

No longer able to give such applicants an automatic boost, admissions offices now must decide where racial diversity ranks among priorities that can include academic performance, achievement in extracurricular activities such as athletics, and preferences for alumni and donors.

“Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. “The student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race. Many universities have for too long done just the opposite,” he wrote.

Supreme Court Rules Against Affirmative Action – WSJ