Supreme Court Ends Affirmative Action in College Admissions

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The Supreme Court decision ruled that race-conscious admissions policies are unconstitutional and invoked the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, stating that Harvard’s and UNC’s admissions programs violate the Equal Protection Clause. “Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it. Accordingly, the Court has held that the Equal Protection Clause applies without regard to any differences of race, of color, or of nationality”—it is “universal in [its] application.”

Summary of the Decision

In its decision, it stated that any exceptions to this clause should withstand strict scrutiny – 1) whether the practice is used to “further compelling government interests”

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