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This Thursday the supreme court overturned race-based admissions policies that have been used for years by the Harvard University and the University of North CarolinaThis decision, which will have great consequences, will also “hit” the Latino community.
The President of the Supreme Court, john robertssaid that for too long universities have “wrongly concluded that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not the challenges overcome, the skills developed or the lessons learned, but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.”.
With this 6-3 decision, which held that the policies violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, it is sought that educational institutions look for other ways to integrate students from diverse backgrounds.
“Eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating it completely,” says the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts. “Accordingly, the Court has held that the Equal Protection Clause applies ‘without regard to any difference of race, color, or national origin’… Because ‘[l]The guarantee of equal protection cannot mean one thing when applied to an individual and another when applied to a person of another color.”, says the opinion.
This decision comes just when students have become increasingly diverse and that is because, according to the president of the non-profit group, Campaigning for College Opportunity, Michelle Siqueiroswho was interviewed by NBC, more than half of the students are Latino, Asian or Native American.
“We have more eligible college-ready students than ever before”Siqueiros said.
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