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Affirmative Action Struck Down

In a dramatic 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to end race-based admission at U.S. colleges and universities. In what has the potential to be a landmark Supreme Court case, this ruling will change the demographics of college campuses forever.

As soon as the ruling was released, many political leaders and institutions of higher education spoke out about the decision. I was woken up by an email from my institution, Howard University with a statement on the ending of race-based college admissions. Howard stands firmly against the decision stating, “The decision will not only have a devastating impact on the diversity of colleges and universities across the country but will also decrease access to higher education for students of color everywhere.” Other Universities such as Harvard University (the institution in which the court case was sparked) have agreed to comply with the ruling, but are still dedicated to promoting diversity in their student body. According to CNN, Harvard is still vehemently defending affirmative action: “We write today to reaffirm the fundamental principle that deep and transformative teaching, learning, and research depend upon a community compromising people of many backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences.”

Students of color are feeling a whirlwind of emotions with this case’s outcome. “This is insane.” was the first response when I asked one of my peers from Howard University (who wishes to remain anonymous). “It’s about equity. Black and brown students are not born with the same luxuries that many white students are. The Supreme Court is essentially undoing all of the progress this nation has made to level the playing field. It’s completely out of touch and I pray for future generations of Black students who want to pursue higher education,” he continued.

In her dissenting opinion on the ruling, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to hold a position on the U.S. Supreme Court, criticized the ideology of fellow Justice Clarence Thomas, stating: “The takeaway is that those who demand that no one thinks about race refuse to see, much less solve for, the elephant in the room – the race-linked disparities that continue to impede the achievement of our great Nation’s full potential.”

We are currently living through a very critical and overall devastating moment in history. This also marks yet another sign that the United States is constantly regressing, making it more difficult for minority groups to excel in areas that have been occupied by upper-class white people for lifetimes.

 

By Amaar Zarrieff, Sophomore, Howard University

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Written by Amaar Zarrieff

Amaar Zarrieff, a student at Howard University, is an aspiring writer, filmmaker, and millionaire looking to make a positive impact on the entertainment industry.

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