The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions.
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The court will hear lawsuits claiming Harvard University and the University of North Carolina use race to discriminate against Asian American applicants brought by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).
“Harvard uses race at every stage of the admissions process,” SFFA said in its petition to the court. “African-American and Hispanic students with PSAT scores of 1100 and up are invited to apply to Harvard, but white and Asian-American students must score a 1350…. In some parts of the country, Asian-American applicants must score higher than all other racial groups, including whites, to be recruited by Harvard.”
“Like Harvard, UNC is devoted to using race indefinitely and at every stage of its admissions process,” the group added.
The Biden administration urged the court to reject the challenge last month, but conservatives are celebrating the opportunity online.
“Congratulations to all the tireless plaintiffs working to expose the race-based discrimination of the top colleges in the United States!” Kenny Xu, the author of “Inconvenient Minority” tweeted.
If the justices rule against the universities it could mean the end of affirmative action in college admissions.
The lower courts rejected the challenge, noting that colleges and universities must consider race in a narrowly tailored way to promote diversity.
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