Supreme Court Rejects Affirmative Action in Ruling on Universities

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On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court rejected affirmative action in ruling on universities that use race as a factor in college admissions as a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause in a 6-3 decision.  Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion that, “A benefit to a student who overcame racial discrim­ination, for example, must be tied to that student’s courage and determination.”  Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett joined Justice Roberts.  The justices decided two separate challenges over how Harvard University and the University of North Carolina will select students.  The cases were brought by student activist group Students for Fair Admissions against both universities.  Justice Thomas wrote, “Those policies fly in the face of our colorblind Constitution and our Nation’s equality ideal. In short, they are plainly—and boldly—unconstitutional.”