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Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to Affirmative Action in College Admissions

HeadlineJan 25, 2022

Racial justice advocates are condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to hear challenges against the use of affirmative action in college admissions. The cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina were brought by the conservative group Students for Fair Admissions, founded by the right-wing legal strategist Edward Blum. Though the Supreme Court has previously upheld affirmative action — most recently in 2016 — advocates fear the court’s conservative majority could strike down racial justice policies that have allowed Black and other students of color to have equal access to higher education. The case will be heard in the Supreme Court’s next session, which begins in October.

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