The fallout from the historic Supreme Court verdict today prohibiting academic institutions from engaging in race-based affirmative action continues with even the president weighing in on the matter. President Joe Biden reacted to the outlawing of race-based admissions by advising how academic institutions can skirt the decision by what he referred to as “not a normal court” by measuring “adversity” as a factor for admission instead of race. He emphasized in his speech that “discrimination still exists in America.” He openly called the decision “a severe disappointment to many people- including me” and said that “we cannot let this decision be a permanent setback for the country.”
Breitbart reported that the White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also told reporters that the Department of Justice would join the Department of Education in advancing Biden’s theory that academia should still advance diversity through the adversity standard and that both governmental institutions would consult with colleges on ways to lawfully do this.
Watch Biden respond to a reporter’s question on if the Supreme Court is a “rogue court:”
REPORTER: "Is this a rogue court?"
BIDEN: "This is not a normal court." pic.twitter.com/6ps8rbarAs
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 29, 2023
The majority opinion was handed down by Chief Justice Roberts who stated that a student in the admission process “must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race.” He observed that until this decision sadly “[m]any universities have for too long done just the opposite” and that “in doing so, they have concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.”
Justice Thomas’ concurrence with the majority opinion stated “We [the Supreme Court] should not repeat this mistake [misinterpreting the Constitution] merely because we think, as our predecessors thought, that the present arrangements are superior to the Constitution. The Court’s opinion rightly makes clear that Grutter is, for all intents and purposes, overruled.”
He continued by declaring “It sees the universities’ admissions policies for what they are: rudderless, race-based preferences designed to ensure a particular racial mix in their entering classes. Those policies fly in the face of our colorblind Constitution and our Nation’s equality ideal. In short, they are plainly—and boldly—unconstitutional.”
He further added, “I hold out enduring hope that this country will live up to its principles so clearly enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States: that all men are created equal, are equal citizens, and must be treated equally before the law.”
BREAKING: Joe Biden, the Divider-in-Chief, moves as fast as he has in years to get behind the mic and blast today's SCOTUS ruling striking down affirmative action. He's openly calling on universities to defy the ruling by lumping race into the new catch-all term: "adversity". pic.twitter.com/HrLK1FIwXZ
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 29, 2023