College admissions based on race? Harvard students weigh in as SCOTUS considers the fate of affirmative action
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University students are divided over whether they support race-based college admissions as the Supreme Court considers the fate of affirmative action.
“If Harvard uses [affirmative action] to foster a diverse community that reflects the world we live in, I don’t think that’s a problem,” one student told Fox News. “I feel like the consideration of race includes other factors like income and access to opportunity.”
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But Kyle, from Connecticut, said no support affirmative actionalthough he believes that the policy was well-intentioned.
“I think there’s a better way than what we have now,” Kyle said. “You have people of color who actually come from really privileged families, and they benefit from this program, when you have people of other races who may not have any privilege in their backgrounds, and they don’t benefit from it. “
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The ruling in the case of Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, along with another case involving the University of Carolina-Chapel Hill, could overturn a previous Supreme Court decision allowing affirmative action based on race. After Monday’s oral arguments, some legal experts predict the court will ban the policy this time.
“I think that, frankly, is one of the only ways to correct the racial inequality and the economic inequality that goes along with it in this country,” Srividya, of California, told Fox News. She said affirmative action allows Harvard to uplift marginalized communities.
Ali Michael, from New York, told Fox News students should be “accepted on merit and not on any other factors.”
“That being said, I think it’s important to make sure that people who are traditionally underrepresented have some kind of representation in institutions like this,” Michael said.
To see Harvard students’ full responses to affirmative action, click here.
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