The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down affirmative action in college admissions, declaring that race cannot be a factor in admissions decisions. The 6-3 ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, overturns admissions plans at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
The decision is a major victory for conservative legal groups who have challenged affirmative action for years. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent that the decision “rolls back decades of precedent and momentous progress.” President Joe Biden said he “strongly disagrees” with the ruling and urged colleges not to let it “be the last word.”
The ruling comes at a time when the country is deeply divided over the issue of race. Supporters of affirmative action argue that it is necessary to ensure that underrepresented groups have a fair chance to attend college. Opponents argue that it is unfair to give preferential treatment to people based on their race.
The Supreme Court’s ruling is likely to have a significant impact on college admissions in the United States. It remains to be seen how colleges will respond to the ruling, but it is clear that the landscape of college admissions is changing.
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- The Supreme Court has upheld affirmative action in college admissions twice in the past 20 years, but the court’s conservative majority has become more skeptical of the practice in recent years.
- The ruling in the Harvard and UNC cases is the first time that the Supreme Court has struck down affirmative action in college admissions.
- The decision is likely to have a significant impact on college admissions in the United States. It remains to be seen how colleges will respond to the ruling, but it is clear that the landscape of college admissions is changing.