The Supreme Court marks the end of an era in contemporary American history. In a symbolic and far-reaching decision released Thursday, June 29, a conservative majority of justices put an end to affirmative action at universities. Since the 1960s, the organization has aimed to promote diversity within these institutions, particularly for the benefit of blacks, to redress systemic inequalities inherited from the country’s segregationist past. The American left fears that the retreat will lead to a significant drop in the number of black, Hispanic or other minority students on campus.
Between the six conservative justices and their three progressive colleagues, a rift has emerged. Precedes the principle of equality among citizens irrespective of skin color. The latter anchored their reasoning in the reality of inequality and racism, refusing to see them as mere ghosts of the past. “There’s Still Discrimination in America”President Joe Biden repeated three words in a row in a solemn afternoon speech at the White House. “We Can’t Go Back”He added with exasperation that he has cast himself as a champion of diversity by repeatedly appointing minority federal judges.
A year ago, after ending abortion as a constitutional right, the Supreme Court settled another polarizing social debate in which a majority of Americans hold critical views. Nine justices are set to rule on two appeals against affirmative action measures at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, where they were accused of harming white students and students of Asian descent. The length of the final result – more than 230 pages – testifies to the vigor of the debates that everyone wanted to leave their mark on for posterity. Two justices also chose to read aloud the summaries of their dissenting opinions.
Author of the majority opinion, Justice John Roberts believes that many universities “The basis of a person’s identity is wrongly assumed not to be their trials, acquired skills or lessons learned, but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history will not tolerate this choice”. However, the text makes an exception for military academies because they “Possible Divergent Interests”.
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