The Supreme Court struck down the use of race in college admissions decisions in two cases dealing with affirmative action at Harvard and the University of North Carolina in 6-3 and 6-2 decisions. According to the Washington Post:

Roberts’s majority opinion did not specifically say the court was overturning its precedent in Grutter v. Bollinger, the 2003 opinion that said universities could consider race as a factor in admission decisions to build a diverse student body.

But in his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas, a longtime opponent of affirmative action, wrote: “The Court’s opinion rightly makes clear that Grutter is, for all intents and purposes, overruled. And, it sees the universities’ admissions policies for what they are: rudderless, race-based preferences designed to ensure a particular racial mix in their entering classes.”

I personally am against affirmative action. I believe it arises from a belied that black people are inferior to other races. Universities have instituted racial quotas not only to help black students, but also whites. If admissions were based solely on academic excellence, Jewish and Asian students would be overrepresented. I think colleges should be free to admit whoever they want to admit. If they want to help certain kinds of students, they should be able to. Do people object that too many athletic scholarships go to black students? Race should not be a determining factor, but it could be a factor.

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