Commonwealth Policy Center

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases challenging policies that consider race in college admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The group, Students for Fair Admissions, argued that Harvard’s policy discriminates against Asians. 25 years ago the court upheld the idea that race can legitimately be considered in college applications, and they predicted that such affirmative action in admissions wouldn’t be needed today. But here we are. Giving preferential treatment based on race or ethnicity is un-American, and it doesn’t follow Dr. Martin Luther King’s maxim that we should be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin.