SCOTUS Hears Affirmative Action Arguments
Deep divide exists among justices
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is now hearing arguments from lawyers defending the University of North Carolina’s policy of considering race as a factor in admissions, with conservative justices posing tough questions about the legality of affirmative action and when — if ever — the lawyers believe the policy would no longer be necessary.
The evidence, North Carolina Solicitor General Ryan Park said, shows that UNC is “able to meet what we feel is an inclusive, diverse environment through minimal consideration of race. And I think that we will get there based on this quality of process. But there is no strict numerical bench.”
Oral arguments began with Patrick Strawbridge, representing Students for Fair Admissions, which is seeking to overturn the use of race in college admissions through cases involving UNC and, later on Monday, Harvard University. Liberal justices pressed Strawbridge to explain what the country’s universities would look like without affirmative action and how a “race-neutral” admissions process would work.
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