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?

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  • Me

    yes it’s in jeopardy. & we need to be focusing on grade schools instead of colleges. we need affirmative budgeting in elementary & middle schools so we can make sure students are ready to get into college w/o any extra boosts. we need more college ready black students. we need to do away w/real estate based education funding. it’s discriminatory.

    • I agree with you Sister. Most Supreme Court justices do want to eliminate any form of affirmative action (even class-based affirmative action). They want to do it to fulfill their ignorant narrative that racism is nearly gone (which is a lie) and that we need strictly individualist policies in governing educational issues. The truth is that racism and classism are found in employment and in the educational system of America (which has been documented by mainstream studies). There has been a study where some black people without a criminal record have a harder time to get employment than a white person with a criminal record. So, this problem is structural. Modern affirmative action has nothing to do with a quota system. It has to do with giving people of color an opportunity for education or employment. Race and class should be criteria (among many) for colleges to look at in deciding who that they want to have.

      As you have said, we need to focus on elementary and secondary aged kids being prepared. I have no problem with not only universal pre-K, but finding ways to reduce the financial burden for those who want to go into college. Another policy is to make institutionalized discrimination a punishable crime. The ironic thing is that the University of Texas uses race as one factor not as part of the whole factor. Yet, reactionaries want that policy to be gone, but they don’t target legacies, inheritances, and other form of affirmative action that benefits mostly wealthy white people. The powers that be want socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. The goal is for education to be universally available for all.

  • Bearlikesbones

    I believe many will still get in on merit, but more people can start looking at HBCUs.