It was a case intended to be a wrecking ball for affirmative action in college admissions. But in the wake of a strong Supreme Court defense, the infamous Fisher v. University of Texas case challenging the use of race as a factor in college admissions was destroyed on Thursday while affirmative action was left the victor.
After the court’s 5–3 decision in favor of affirmative action, African American, Asian American, and Latino civil rights advocates are calling it a powerful argument for on-campus diversity, which many educators claim is vital for young people entering the 21st-century workforce.
“What we have in this majority opinion is a clear way forward,” said Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in a press call. The opinion, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, supports diversity as “a critically important mission” in higher education while “closing off many of the doors that affirmative action foes had hoped would remain open,” Ifill said. Marisa Bono of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund concurred.
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