Biden slams Supreme Court affirmative action judgment

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Biden criticizes Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

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U.S. President Joe Biden discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s choice to overrule race-conscious trainee admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, throughout quick remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, June 29, 2023.

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WASHINGTON–President Joe Biden hammered the Supreme Court over its Thursday judgment overruling using affirmative action in college admissions, stating the choice “walked away from decades of precedent.”

But he advised schools not to stop thinking about racial misfortune for candidates completely.

“We cannot let this decision be the last word,” Biden stated in a White House address. “The court can render a decision but it cannot change what America stands for.”

Speaking on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” later on Thursday, Biden stated the present Supreme Court has “done more to unravel basic rights and basic decisions than any court in recent history.”

“I think that some on the court are beginning to realize that their legitimacy is being questioned in ways that it hasn’t been questioned in the past,” Biden stated.

The Supreme Court ruled the affirmative action policies of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina to be unconstitutional. The bulk viewpoint by Chief Justice John Roberts stated the universities’ policies breached the equivalent defense provision of the Constitution’s 14 th Amendment.

Harvard’s and UNC’s affirmative action programs “unavoidably employ race in a negative manner, involve racial stereotyping, and lack meaningful end points,” Roberts composed.

In her dissenting viewpoint, Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson stated the bulk was “turning back the clock” on affirmative action.

“With let-them-eat-cake obliviousness, today, the majority pulls the ripcord and announces ‘colorblindness for all’ by legal fiat,” Jackson composed. “But deeming race irrelevant in law does not make it so in life.”

Biden in his speech proposed colleges still take into the account the quantity of misfortune a trainee has actually dealt with in their life.

“They should not abandon their commitment to ensure student bodies of diverse backgrounds and experience,” Biden stated. “What I propose is consideration of a new standard for colleges to take into account the adversity a student has overcome when selecting among qualified applications.”

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The president priced estimate the viewpoint, which kept in mind colleges need to not be restricted from thinking about how race has actually impacted a candidate’s life.

“Discrimination still exists in America. Today’s decision has not changed that,” Biden stated. “Today for too many schools the only people who benefit from the system are the wealthy and the well connected. The odds have been stacked against working people for much too long. We need a higher education system that works for everyone.”

The Department of Education launched a reality sheet offering assistance to institution of higher learnings on how to move on following the judgment. It encouraged colleges to think about a trainee’s monetary background, where they matured and went to high school and other locations of challenge they have actually experienced consisting of “racial discrimination.”