Washington: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday banned the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions. US President Joe Biden strongly disagrees with this decision. He said the tribunal overturned precedent and effectively ended affirmative action in higher education. The decision is a blow to a decades-old practice that has promoted educational opportunities for African Americans and other minorities.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion that although the affirmative action was “made with good intention and implemented in good faith”, it cannot last forever and constitutes unconstitutional discrimination against others. Roberts wrote, “The student should be treated as a person on the basis of his experiences – not on the basis of his race.” The court said universities are free to consider an applicant’s background. Roberts said, “Our constitutional history does not condone the option where a decision must be made primarily on the basis of whether the claimant is white, black, or otherwise, which in itself is racial discrimination.”
Joe Biden wrote in his tweet: “For decades the Supreme Court has recognized the freedom of a college to decide how to create and provide opportunities for a diverse student body? Today, the court effectively ended affirmative action in higher education. I absolutely disagree with this decision. At the same time, Republican Speaker of the United States House Kevin McCarthy said, “This college will make the admissions process fair and maintain equality under the law.”
For decades, the Supreme Court has recognized a college’s freedom to decide how to build a diverse student body and provide opportunities.
Today, the Court has moved away from precedent, effectively ending affirmative action in higher education.
I strongly disagree with this decision.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 29, 2023
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FIRST POST: June 30, 2023, 07:54 HST