🇺🇸 Court Goes To College

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SCOTUS

Court Goes To College

The Supreme Court is considering two cases concerning the use of race or ethnicity as a factor in college admissions. Students for Fair Admissions argues the practice is unconstitutional and violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But the court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger upheld the use of race in the admissions process.

Reporting from the Right: The Supreme Court May Kill Affirmative Action. Here’s What You Need To Know. (Daily Wire)

Reporting from the Left: What college admissions would look like if affirmative action is reversed (NPR)

From The Flag: The two cases specifically center on the consideration of race and ethnicity when evaluating student applications to both Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Here’s more from both sides on the affirmative action issue.


LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

SCOTUS Is About To Set Higher Education Back Considerably

  • If schools are banned from considering race and ethnicity during the admissions process, enrollment among Black and Latino students will plummet.
  • There is no constitutional basis for eliminating affirmative action in admissions but the Supreme Court’s current majority simply won’t allow what it sees as an injustice against white students.
  • How is it fair for Harvard to consider high school rank during the admissions process, which inevitably harms students of color?

“​​The Supreme Court Is Poised to Handcuff Universities” Donald E. Heller, POLITICO Opinion: “For decades, the Supreme Court has ruled affirmative action can be used to help overcome the historical gap in educational opportunity among racial and ethnic groups. That may be about to change… As a longtime college administrator, I know the practical implications would be huge for many of the more than 3,000 institutions of higher education in this country, especially those among the most elite. I’ve seen firsthand what happens in states where affirmative action has already been outlawed. … While the effect of a ruling banning the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions will likely differ from institution to institution, it is inevitable that the enrollment of Black and Hispanic students — who have been the largest beneficiaries of affirmative action — will decline at these institutions. Universities will likely attempt to find race-neutral ways to maintain their enrollments of historically underrepresented students. But there is only so much that can be done.”

“The Supreme Court Has No Reason to End Affirmative Action. They’re Doing It Anyway.” Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern, Slate: “What changed between Grutter and today? Racial discrimination in housing, education, and many other aspects of American life persist—no matter how badly the conservative justices wish to believe these problems have vaporized… University admissions are still wildly competitive, and underrepresented racial minorities remain at a distinct disadvantage. The most meaningful shift has been in the personnel of the Supreme Court, but it would be a mistake to chalk up Grutter’s demise to a mere change in ideology. The current majority’s grudge runs deeper; it believes that any time a person of color takes a ‘spot’ that purportedly belonged to a white person, there is grievous emotional and dignitary injury afoot that must be stopped. It hurts white people, and it evidently hurts the justices’ own feelings, too. The minor fact that they have no constitutional justification to stop it will not get in their way.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: This is the question the Supreme Court needs to ask Harvard Evan Mandery, CNN Opinion


RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Ignore the Distractions: Race-Based Admissions Are Just Wrong

  • When progressives use the term equity they are promoting the need to put certain groups ahead of others.
  • Harvard’s president claims the university just wants to look beyond test scores by using race as a factor in admissions.
  • Although JFK was the first prominent official to use the term “affirmative action,” few know he opposed racial preferences.

“Affirmative Action Exposes the Secret Meaning of Equity” William McGurn, Wall Street Journal Opinion: “It’s taken too long, but the Supreme Court has finally put the progressive ideal of equity in the dock. … Much of the attention in court Monday was on diversity. Less examined was the principle of equity, which undergirds it. That’s no accident. … To begin with, its use is almost always disingenuous because its champions are betting that when the public hears the word ‘equity,’ they’ll hear it in the dictionary sense as fair and equal treatment for all. But within the progressive world, everyone understands it as a way to push some races to the head of the line while shoving others back—primarily higher-achieving Asian-Americans, in the case of college admissions. … Which points to another defining feature of equity. Its advocates hate having to define in public what it really means. That is also true of Harvard and North Carolina, which are manifestly uncomfortable spelling out just how equity operates in their admissions decisions.”

“Preening Over Preferences” Heather Mac Donald, City Journal: “In a nauseating display of vanity and duplicity, Harvard president Lawrence Bacow defended the school’s use of racial preferences… in a blast email sent to all members, past and present, of the ‘Harvard community.’ … Harvard’s ‘legal battle’ in defense of its racial admissions preferences has been waged on behalf of all of ‘society,’ according to Bacow. Adopting the cadences of high moral oratory, (he) notes that Harvard has been joined in that battle by society’s elites… According to Bacow, Harvard and other practitioners of racial admissions preferences reject a crabbed understanding of human worth, unlike the advocates of colorblind admissions policies… According to Bacow… ‘Harvard is not alone in believing that we are more than our test scores’ … No advocate of race-neutral decision-making would argue that individuals are defined exclusively by test scores. What such advocates do maintain is that individuals are not defined by race, and that the same standards of admissions should apply to all groups.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: JFK coined the term “Affirmative Action” -- but opposed preferences Michael Bertolone, American Thinker


FLAG THIS

Over Six in Ten Say Race Shouldn’t Be A Factor

Polling conducted last month found that 63% of respondents would support the Supreme Court’s decision if it banned colleges and universities from using race or ethnicity as a factor in admissions (Washington Post/SCHAR).

Earlier this year, just 7% said race or ethnicity should be a major factor when evaluating college applications. By comparison, 61% said high grades should be a major factor. Black, Hispanic, and Asian respondents were more likely to favor using race in the admissions process (Pew Research).


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