Affirmative action was dealt a major blow on Thursday, following a ruling by the Supreme Court that labeled the practice of using race to determine who will be admitted to American colleges a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
As previously reported, Students for Fair Admissions, a student activist group dedicated to ending affirmative action, filed lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, accusing the institutions of discriminating against Asian American applicants. The group filed the complaint years ago, and it was since broken into two cases.
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“At stake in the Harvard case is whether the university violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against Asian-American applicants,” Fox News stated earlier this month. “The UNC case, in contrast, looks at that school’s unwillingness to adopt a ‘race-neutral alternative.'”
On Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down the practice in a 6-3 decision.
“Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court’s opinion. “The student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race. Many universities have for too long done just the opposite.”
In his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas called out Biden-appointed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s arguments.
Jackson “locks blacks into a seemingly perpetual inferior caste. Such a view is irrational; it is an insult to individual achievement and cancerous to young minds seeking to push through barriers, rather than consign themselves to permanent victimhood,” Thomas wrote.
Justice Clarence Thomas blasts Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s arguments in his concurrence:
KBJ “locks blacks into a seemingly perpetual inferior caste. Such a view is irrational; it is an insult to individual achievement and cancerous to young minds seeking to push through… pic.twitter.com/c3fUQPWETP
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 29, 2023
Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Roberts in the ruling, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson dissenting, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Society “is not, and has never been, colorblind,” wrote Sotomayor. “The Court ignores the dangerous consequences of an America where its leadership does not reflect the diversity of the People.”
But on Twitter, many are calling the decision a “major win” for America.
“Wow!! Affirmative action, something I have spoken out against for the last 7 years, has FINALLY been struck down in a historic Supreme Court ruling,” conservative commentator Candace Owens tweeted. “This is a MAJOR WIN in the strive for racial equality, removing the bigotry of low expectations against black students, while permitting Asian and white Americans an EQUAL chance to be rewarded for their hard work. RACE should never be a factor in deciding whether or not you are qualified for anything.”
“It’s a shame it took this long, but finally— justice wins!” Owens added. “Make America a meritocracy again.”
Wow!! Affirmative action, something I have spoken out against for the last 7 years, has FINALLY been struck down in a historic Supreme Court ruling.
This is a MAJOR WIN in the strive for racial equality, removing the bigotry of low expectations against black students, while…
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 29, 2023
Jason Whitlock, host of Blaze TV’s “Fearless,” called the decision a “blessing.”
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a blessing,” he tweeted. “Virtually every affirmative action Ivy League ‘elite’ I’ve met has no firm moral compass and little common sense.”
Things far more important for success than entrance into a Marxist “elite” university. These are things you can control and don’t need a white liberal’s permission to do:
1 Build and maintain a family.
2 Show up to all jobs and appointments on time or early.
3 Avoid unplanned…
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) June 29, 2023
“This is good news for fairness and a wakeup call for liberals that the best ‘affirmative action’ is a strong education for everyone,” stated Fox News financial journalist Charles V. Payne. “Stop the bigotry of low expectations, so nobody has to be discriminated against when trying to get into college, gain meaningful employment and live their best life.”
Harvard Loses Affirmative Action Admissions Case
This is good news for fairness and a wakeup call for liberals that the best ‘affirmative action’ is a strong education for everyone- stop the bigotry of low expectations, so nobody has to be discriminated against…
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) June 29, 2023
Meanwhile, as The Babylon Bee was quick to point out, Democrats are “devastated.”
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) June 29, 2023
“So often, we just accept that money, power, and privilege are perfectly justifiable forms of affirmative action, while kids growing up like I did are expected to compete when the ground is anything but level,” lamented Michelle Obama. “So today, my heart breaks for any young person out there who’s wondering what their future holds — and what kinds of chances will be open to them.”
I wanted to share some of my thoughts on today’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action: pic.twitter.com/Wa6TGafzHV
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 29, 2023
“Michelle Obama is mad that SCOTUS just ruled Affirmative Action is unconstitutional. She’s mad that people must be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin,” replied on Twitter user. “The Obamas tried to divide this country. This SCOTUS ruling will help bring us together.”
Michelle Obama is mad that SCOTUS just ruled Affirmative Action is unconstitutional.
She’s mad that people must be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.
The Obamas tried to divide this country.
This SCOTUS ruling will help bring us together.
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) June 29, 2023
Michelle wasn’t the only Obama to receive a ton of backlash. When former President Barack Obama decided to piggyback his wife’s tweet with a mournful take over the SCOTUS decision they both got an earful from affirmative action critics:
Affirmative action was never a complete answer in the drive towards a more just society. But for generations of students who had been systematically excluded from most of America’s key institutions—it gave us the chance to show we more than deserved a seat at the table.
In the… https://t.co/Kr0ODATEq3
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 29, 2023
You can't fix racism with more racism.
— Justin T. Haskins (@JustinTHaskins) June 29, 2023
Yes. Go and work on improving student performance so they are the most academically qualified students. Don’t advocate for divisive quotas.
— Small Government (@SmallGov4All) June 29, 2023
This you Hussein? pic.twitter.com/1TlFQBphhl
— Top Secret (@ICU1010) June 29, 2023
These race baiters never miss an opportunity to sow more division in a country they hate.
— JT (@DesertRatJT) June 29, 2023
America never had race injected to literally Every. Single. Conversation. UNTIL we elected our first Black President. Instead of uniting our country Obama divided, race baited, trashed American citizens and made a mockery of us. You are a disgrace to minorities and America.
— Hollywood Resistance (@ResistItAllTX) June 29, 2023
Yea sure, just ignore the white systematically underprivileged kids. Racist
— Taylor (@tdug93) June 29, 2023
It is time for both of you to live up to Martin Luther Kings words…. “I dream of a world where a person is judged NOT by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”… Just because a person is black DOES NOT MEAN that he/she deserves a spot in a university…
— BarbReilly – AMERICA FIRST (@BarbReilly7) June 29, 2023
So, you’re saying you didn’t deserve where you got in life? It was all because of your race?
— Tammie McDonald (@TammieMcDonal17) June 29, 2023
Mr President……..are you suggesting a student with Indian decent, who academically worked hard every single day of their life.
Score higher on EVERY level.
— Jim Newman (@sudgut) June 29, 2023
Not today, Barack, not today! pic.twitter.com/2tBVLCmzDB
— Lusinski (@LusinskiS) June 29, 2023
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