Affirmative Action


(RepublicanWire.org) – Woke university admission policies that discriminate against white and Asian candidates could soon be ruled illegal, after the Supreme Court said it’s going to look at them again.

On January 24, the Supreme Court announced it’s going to revisit the question of whether universities may take an applicant’s race into account during their admissions process. The court has looked at this issue before, in 2003 and 2016. Both times it ruled schools could consider race when selecting applicants, if the goal was to increase racial diversity in the student body.

However, this “affirmative action” program has faced multiple challenges. The current case, led by Students for Fair Admissions (SFA), says race-based selection violates federal law and the Constitution. It’s also unpopular, with a large majority of Americans opposing it. SFA president Edward Blum indicated the college admissions bar cannot be lowered for some races and ethnic groups and raised for others.

Lower courts have ruled against the SFA challenge, citing the earlier Supreme Court decisions as precedent. Now, however, the balance of the Court has changed. In 2003 and 2016 it had a slim Liberal majority; now it leans strongly conservative. There’s a good chance the current Court will support the challenge and exclude race as a selection factor – and many conservatives and moderates would applaud the decision.