Americans don’t hate each other. It is a proud statement that Americans are not racist.
Our national cultural unity can be seen in the fact that almost all Americans disapprove of racism being considered for college admissions. Americans have held a negative view on racial admissions for many years.
Two cases were heard today by the Supreme Court that could bring college admissions into line with federal law. A Federal Judge ruled last year in favor of Students for Fair Admission in UNC. The 4th Circuit was still looking at the second case.
These cases were heard in lower courts who, while they did not deny discrimination, excused the practice as a result of universities’ efforts to attract a diverse student body.
Edward Blum was the founder of SFFA. The Supreme Court has accepted these cases for review. This country cannot fix past discrimination, racial preferences, or introduce new discrimination.
Blum’s group sued Harvard because it violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act 1964. This law prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin in any program and activity that receives federal financial assistance. It was established in 1636. Federal funding is available.
The group sued UNC in 2014. The group claimed UNC had used race as a major factor in admissions. This was against the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection. UNC is North Carolina’s flagship public university. It was founded in 1789.
In past cases, the Supremes ruled that racial discrimination is allowed in college admissions because of intrinsic interest to create diversity among matriculants. The 1978 case Regents of California. Bakke saw that SCOTUS permitted race to be accepted as an accepted factor provided that no racial restrictions were enforced.
They will hear arguments in their next term. They are expected to hear arguments during their next term.
Harvard University and the University of North Carolina have race-gerrymandered freshman classes to meet predetermined race limits. The Supreme Court may use these cases to restore the colorblind legal arrangement that binds all Americans of all races.
The court will not allow racial discrimination to be used in college admissions. The court will reject racial discrimination in college entrances.