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The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it would hear two major cases related to the affirmative action based on race at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina on October 31, setting the stage for a landmark opinion that could wipe out the precedent that allows universities to consider a student’s race when deciding which students should be admittedaccording to CNN.
Supporters of affirmative action fear the court, backed by three conservative justices appointed by former President Donald Trump, could eliminate admissions practices that have greatly benefited African American and Latino students.
The supreme court he has already ensured that Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the court’s first African-American female judge, can weigh in on the issue.
Originally, the two cases involving the admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina (UNC) were consolidated to be argued together. But after Jackson said during his confirmation hearing that he would recuse himself from the Harvard dispute because he served on that institution’s board of supervisors, the court separated the cases.
Now, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will hear the North Carolina dispute at 10 a.m. ET on October 31, and then about an hour later, eight of them will sit down to hear the Harvard case.
Lower US courts have ruled in favor of Harvard and the University of North Carolina, holding that admissions programs used race in a sufficiently limited way to satisfy compelling interests in diversity.
Challenges to university affirmative action are spearheaded by conservative activist Edwin Blum.
Harvard’s challenge comes under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits schools that receive federal funds discriminate on the basis of race. UNC’s lawsuit also alleges Title VI grounds, as well as a violation of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the law, which covers state institutions.
The Department of Justice he urged the judges to rule in favor of school policies and uphold precedent. “This court has repeatedly held that while all racial classifications are subject to close scrutiny, consideration of race is permissible if it is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest,” Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar said in court papers. .
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