Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has slammed Barack and Michelle Obama after they threw temper tantrums over the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule affirmative action in colleges.
As Slay News reported, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Harvard and UNC race-based affirmative action programs are unconstitutional.
Schools nationwide will no longer be able to discriminate against students on the basis of race.
Harvard’s affirmative action policies caused outrage for using race as a key factor above ability or character.
For example, an African American student placed within the 40th percentile of their academic index is more likely to gain admission than an Asian student who ranks in the topmost, 100th percentile.
Similarly, black students who fall within the 50th percentile have greater chances of acceptance than white students who are at the pinnacle of their academic performance.
How insane did Harvard's affirmative action policies get?
An African American student in the 40th percentile of their academic index is more likely to get it than an Asian student in the 100th percentile.
Black students in the 50th percentile are more likely to get in that… pic.twitter.com/9vvBuQXA24
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 29, 2023
The Obamas responded by trashing the Supreme Court ruling and smearing America as racist.
Scott, a GOP presidential candidate, fired back in response to the Obamas:
“Well, the good news is we’re going to have another African-American president.
“His name will be Tim Scott. And this is January 2025.
“Here’s what I would say to America today: That I am excited about who we are as a nation.
“I’m excited about the progress that we’ve seen in the rearview mirror.
“But what excites me the most about America is that when you look at the windshield of our future, it is bright for all of our kids.
“Unfortunately, the radical Left has been co-opted by the teachers’ unions.
“And so making sure that we get back to providing quality education in every single zip code in this nation K through 12 means that with quality education K through 12, your child can go to the most elite colleges in America.
“If we fix public education, we will make sure that every generation going forward will have access to opportunities.
“And oh, by the way, I’m not sure that going to an elite university is the path to prosperity.
“It is actually going as high as your character, your grit and your talent will take you.
“That means whether you go to Harvard, Charleston Southern, or whether you want to be a plumber or a welder, you too can experience your version of the American dream.
“I’m running for president because I know America can do for anyone what she has done for me.
“But sending the message that somehow the color of your skin means that you will not be able to achieve your goals from an educational perspective, from an income perspective, or family formation, that is a lie from the pit of hell.
“We will not be judged solely by the color of our skin.
“That’s what the ruling said today.
“But that is the story of America.
“That is a story of American progress and we can all celebrate that today.”
The SCOTUS opinion said:
“Or a benefit to a student whose heritage or culture motivated him or her to assume a leadership role or attain a particular goal must be tied to that student’s unique ability to contribute to the university.
“In other words, 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.
“And in doing so, they have concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin.
“Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice,” the opinion states.
Michelle Obama issued a bitter a statement that reads:
Back in college, I was one of the few Black students on my campus, and I was proud of getting into such a respected school.
I knew I’d worked hard for it.
But still, I sometimes wondered if people thought I got there because of affirmative action.
It was a shadow that students like me couldn’t shake, whether those doubts came from the outside or inside our own minds.
But the fact is this: I belonged. And semester after semester, decade after decade, for more than half a century, countless students like me showed they belonged, too.
It wasn’t just the kids of color who benefitted, either.
Every student who heard a perspective they might not have encountered, who had an assumption challenged, who had their minds and their hearts opened gained a lot as well.
It wasn’t perfect, but there’s no doubt that it helped offer new ladders of opportunity for those who, throughout our history, have too often been denied a chance to show how fast they can climb.
Of course, students on my campus and countless others across the country were – and continue to be – granted special consideration for admissions.
Some have parents who graduated from the same school.
Others have families who can afford coaches to help them run faster or hit a ball harder.
Others go to high schools with lavish resources for tutors and extensive standardized test prep that help them score higher on college entrance exams.
We don’t usually question if those students belong.
So often, we just accept that money, power, and privilege are perfectly justifiable forms of affirmative action, while kids growing up like I did are expected to compete when the ground is anything but level.
So today, my heart breaks for any young person out there who’s wondering what their future holds – and what kinds of chances will be open to them.
And while I know the strength and grit that lies inside kids who have always had to sweat a little more to climb the same ladders, I hope and I pray that the rest of us are willing to sweat a little, too.
Today is a reminder that we’ve got to do the work not just to enact policies that reflect our values of* equity and fairness, but to truly make those values real in all of our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.