In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against affirmative action in college admissions. Race can no longer be considered a factor, despite the lack of diversity in higher education.
The justices ruled in favor of a Harvard University group calling itself Students for Fair Admission, which accused the school of holding Asian-American students to a higher educational standard than it does African American or Hispanic students.
However, the lower court found no evidence of this. Affirmative action was created by a Black Republican named Arthur Fletcher, known as the “father of affirmative action.”
In 1969, universities and colleges began to use affirmative action in their admissions policies, resulting in a record number of students being admitted to schools with majority white student bodies and much more diverse campuses at both public and private universities.
A subsequent result, some say, was the growth of the Black middle class since so many more people were emerging with degrees and competing in the professional job market.
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