Colorblindness, systemic racism denial, and racial disparities
(Washington DC, USA) “The Supreme Court’s decision banned race-based affirmative action programs while leaving gender-based affirmative action programs, legacy admissions, and athletic admissions intact. So, Americans should acknowledge who their decision harms, Black students and other racial minorities.” Allison Wiltz
This is how the Supreme Court banned race-based affirmative action on college campuses bringing the conversation into focus, which would make fewer and fewer Black and Latino students at elite college campuses.
Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court’s five other conservatives and said admissions officers at colleges could consider
“An applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise”, as long as they do so on an individual basis.
“A benefit to a student who overcame racial discrimination, for example, must be tied to that student’s courage and determination,” he wrote. “In other words, the student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual — not on the basis of race,” The Guardian
An alarming claim for Black, Latino, and Indigenous students who come from impoverished and marginalized communities inside the USA.
This preference for colorblindness and de-racialize the school system is causing more harm than giving benefits to potential students, in an extremely unequal country, race-conscious decision-making is set to diversify who has access to education.
Setting race-neutral measures in college applications will increase the racial disparities and underrepresentation of minority demographics, despite other efforts.
“Justice Clarence Thomas — the nation’s second Black justice, who had long called for an end to affirmative action — wrote that the decision “sees the universities’ admissions policies for what they are: rudderless, race-based preferences designed to ensure a particular racial mix in their entering classes.”
“Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina, wrote in dissent that the decision “rolls back decades of precedent and momentous progress.” AP
The American dream keeps becoming shrinking and shrinking for marginalized groups. The American dream soon would become a fairy tale old generations used to believe in and younger generations were never able to see a glimpse of it.