The Supreme Court dealt a massive blow to the Democrats by ruling that affirmative action admission policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina, which gave weight to a would-be student’s race, are unconstitutional.
Thursday’s 6-3 decision will force a reworking of admissions criteria throughout American higher education and its pursuit of diversity above all else.
University officials have long claimed that this was the only to ensure that a representative share of minority applicants—particularly black students—gains admission to selective institutions.
The court’s six conservative justices invalidated Harvard’s and UNC’s admissions scheme by ruling they did not comply with the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.
By a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court just ruled that university admissions programs that use affirmative action and other race-based admissions criteria are unconstitutional and violate the 14th Amendment. Roberts wrote the opinion. https://t.co/k5ZBSlUh12 pic.twitter.com/Yf5ReefNVY
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 29, 2023
🚨🚨BREAKING: The Supreme Court just ruled that Harvard and UNC race-based affirmative action programs are unconstitutional!!!!
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 29, 2023
SCOTUS rules 6-3 that the admissions programs of Harvard and UNC violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Jackson, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissent.https://t.co/vyMGGORdf2
— i/o (@monitoringbias) June 29, 2023
According to The Wall Street Journal:
The 14th Amendment ensures that individuals receive equal protection of the laws from state agencies including public universities, a standard that also applies to most private colleges that receive federal funding.
In general, the court has permitted racial preferences only to remedy specific acts of illegal discrimination, not compensate for general social injustices said to stem from historical practices.
For 45 years, the Supreme Court has recognized a limited exception to that rule for university admissions, one based on the schools’ academic freedom to assemble classes that support their educational mission.
Diversity was a compelling interest, the court had found, and race-conscious admissions as implemented at Harvard and similar schools were narrowly tailored to avoid unnecessarily disadvantaging other applicants.