Is affirmative action racist or is it necessary?
Students for Fair Admissions is taking it to the U.S. Supreme Court
For decades now, affirmative action has been a time-honored tradition at colleges and universities—an attempt to correct the discrimination of the past by factoring in the race of students. But this time instead of rejecting them based on it, the bastions of education would admit them because of it.
However, there are now two cases being argued against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on October 31 at the U.S. Supreme Court that could upset the status quo. But worry not, tech companies like Meta (the artist formerly known as Facebook), Google, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and Apple, filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action programs at Harvard—so you know that it’s the righteous path.
So who’s the awful villain in this story? Students for Fair Admissions. Why would they take an issue with affirmative action? Well, what they are alleging that Harvard’s admissions process discriminates against Asian students, violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Asian students are penalized by being assigned lower rating on leadership and likability, whereas Black and Hispanic applicants get automatic preference, according to Students for Fair Admissions.
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