The Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Affirmative Action, Explained

The Supreme Court landed serious blows to the American education system this week.

First, on June 29, the Court struck down affirmative action programs at the University of North Carolina and Harvard College before blocking President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, which offered up to $20,000 of debt relief to millions of Americans, just a day later. Each of these decisions is considered a major victory for the conservative faction.

Regarding the rulings against affirmative action, here’s everything you need to know.

What is affirmative action?

Affirmative action programs and policies are aimed toward the inclusion of underrepresented groups, based on race, gender, sexuality, etc. Most commonly, affirmative action programs are utilized by schools and employers, resulting in more diverse learning and workplace environments. 

In 2003, Grutter v. Bollinger set a decades-long precedent after SCOTUS decided that the University of Michigan Law School was allowed to prioritize “underrepresented minority groups” without violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, as long as other factors were considered as well.


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