(DCWatchdog.com) – Happening Now: In just the latest big announcement, the United States Supreme Court, now with a conservative majority following appointments made by Donald Trump while he was president, has decided to hear two challenges to race-based affirmative action stemming from the policies of two major American universities.
According to SCOTUSblog, an organization that provides independent news and analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court:
“The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reconsider the role of race in college admissions. In a brief order, the justices agreed to take up two cases asking them to overrule their landmark 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, holding that the University of Michigan could consider race as part of its efforts to assemble a diverse student body. The decision to grant review in the two new cases suggests that the court’s conservative majority is poised to do just that…
“The first case, filed against Harvard University, contends that the university’s race-conscious admissions policy discriminates against Asian American applicants….The second case, filed against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the state’s flagship public university, argues that the university’s consideration of race in its undergraduate admissions process violates both Title VI and the Constitution.” [emphasis added]
As the legal experts at SCOTUSblog note, the fact that the court has decided to take up the cases indicates they are inclined to overturn the court’s earlier decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which allowed the consideration of race in admission decisions.
For more details, see the SCOTUSblog analysis, “Court will hear challenges to affirmative action at Harvard and University of North Carolina,” by clicking HERE.
This is a breaking news report from DCWatchdog.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court agrees to hear a pair of cases that challenge the race-based affirmative action policies for admission at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The cases likely will be argued next term.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) January 24, 2022