Amsterdam News: Op-Ed: Saving campus diversity
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In just two short weeks, the Supreme Court will begin reading official amicus briefs in the Fisher v. University of Texas case to decide whether colleges can continue to strive for diversity in their student bodies or if Chief Justice John Roberts and a conservative majority will end the legacy of Brown v. the Board of Education for good.
While the court settled this issue in 2003 in the University of Michigan Grutter v. Bollinger case, the court is now more conservative and Roberts is, observers agree, determined to undo the court’s legacy of promoting racial integration in education. What’s more, a decision that it’s unconstitutional for the government to consider a citizen’s race even to promote equal opportunity could stop us from fixing disparities in our prisons, lending, health care and more.
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