Another year, another loss for Students for Fair Admissions. In a Monday ruling on a case in which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was accused by the group known as Students for Fair Admissions of discriminating against white and Asian American students in undergraduate admissions, a federal judge ruled the school did not violate the law. The group, which previously lost a lawsuit to Harvard University in which it made similar allegations, accused UNC of using racial preference in admissions decision-making and aimed to eliminate race as factor in the admissions process. No such luck.
As Joe Sutton reports for CNN in a piece entitled “University of North Carolina can continue to consider race as a factor in admissions process, judge rules,” “In Monday’s ruling, Judge Loretta Biggs said UNC didn’t discriminate and said the university could continue to use race as a factor in its undergraduate admissions process. ‘UNC has met its burden of demonstrating with clarity that its undergraduate admissions program withstands strict scrutiny and is therefore constitutionally permissible,’ Biggs wrote, adding that the university ‘engages in a highly individualized, holistic admissions program.’ ‘While no student can or should be admitted to this University, or any other, based solely on race, because race is so interwoven in every aspect of the lived experience of minority students, to ignore it, reduce its importance and measure it only by statistical models as SFFA has done, misses important context to include obscuring racial barriers and obstacles that have been faced, overcome and are yet to be overcome,’ Biggs wrote.”
Of course, SFFA — led by the one-man band who seeks to end Affirmative Action — announced to the surprise of no one that it would appeal Judge Biggs’ ruling. Because we’ve all seen how well their appeal of the 2019 Harvard ruling has gone thus far. Snicker, snicker. Look, Asian American discrimination is very real in elite college admissions. And it needs to end. But, as our readers know well, it is our view that SFFA is merely using Asian Americans as pawns in an effort to end the consideration of race in admissions. But the system of Affirmative Action is not to blame for the discrimination that Asian Americans face in admissions and to make such an argument — as the group does in their lawsuits — is to conflate issues all to serve an agenda that is not in the best interest of our beautifully diverse nation.
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