SCOTUS Kicks Racial Preference in College Admissions to the Curb

Admission to college will be based on merit, not skin color; a concept that should have never been changed in the first place.

New York Post

The Supreme Court struck down affirmative action programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Thursday, ruling that both institutions were in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and federal civil rights law.

The decision essentially ends the practice of overt racial consideration in higher education admissions and overturns for all intents and purposes the high court’s 2003 ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger, which found that colleges could consider race as one factor in the admissions process to achieve a diverse student body.

“Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “And the Equal Protection Clause, we have accordingly held, applies ‘without regard to any differences of race, of color, or of nationality’—it is ‘universal in [its] application.’”

The Harvard and UNC programs had been first challenged in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a group founded by conservative activist Edward Blum. SFA had contended that colleges and universities can use other, race-neutral ways to assemble a diverse student body, including by focusing on socioeconomic status and eliminating the preference for children of alumni and major donors.

At Harvard, applicants are initially scrutinized by a “first reader,” who gives the prospective student a numerical score in six categories: academic, extracurricular, athletic, school support, personal, and “overall”, taking race into account for the final number. Admissions subcommittees who cover particular regions of the world make recommendations to the full 40-member admissions committee and consider race at that step of the process as well. The full committee also discusses the “relative breakdown of applicants by race” when deciding who to tentatively admit.

During a final winnowing process, four factors are considered: “legacy status, recruited athlete status, financial aid eligibility, and race,” with the last factor being “‘a determinative tip for’” a significant percentage ‘of all admitted African American and Hispanic applicants,’” according to the court.


The Left’s academic cancel culture against whites includes eliminating grading standards, telling bi-racial students they should confront their ‘white dominance’, telling school kids they’re “born racist”, and that “all white people perpetuate systematic racism”.

This ruling is the first step in restoring sanity to college admissions.

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