The practice of colleges and universities using race as a determination for things like admitting students or qualifying students for scholarships is coming under review by the Supreme Court.
Following a recent request to challenge Affirmative Action at The University Of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Supreme Court will now begin considering the position that it is unconstitutional to factor in race when admitting students into colleges for the purpose of maintaining diversity, according to the NY Times. A decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Affirmative Action in admission practices would inevitably have a massive effect on the number of minority students accepted into U.S. colleges and universities at present. University of Vermont president Tom Sullivan had this to say in light of the news:
“A broad general statement by the Supreme Court that it’s unconstitutional to consider race at all will have domino effects across the whole country, and will sweep across private universities as well as public ones.
We would have to reorient our approach, and spend a lot more time and effort, which would be very costly, in schools that have a high percent of minority students, not just recruiting but helping them prepare for college-level work, starting way back in middle school.”
The thought of colleges and universities doing away with Affirmative Action completely is an unfortunate one that will have a massive impact on the education of the Black community to say the least, but what’s even more concerning is the notion that schools would “now” have to start preparing minority students to be accepted into college on a basis other than their nationality should the Supreme Court rule against Affirmative Action practices. Why aren’t minority students being given the same preparation as white students to begin with? There’s no debating that schools in underprivileged areas or inner cities are often massively under staffed and under equipped to fully prepare the students for college as it is, but it certainly speaks volumes that our country as a whole needed our education system threatened with the possibility of Affirmative Action removal in order to begin looking at additional funding for predominantly black or minority schools.
This whole debate that’s brewing also implies that the bulk of minority college students are currently only accepted into institutions at the rate that they are now because of their race, rather than because they meet the academic qualifications. What type of message does this implication send to our young people? And are these findings even accurate?
What do you think about all of this, Clutchettes?