“Obviously, these colleges are going to say we have to use race if we’re going to have a diverse student body,” Bond said when asked to share his thoughts on the Court’s ruling.
“There is no alternative to some kind of race test in affirmative action,” he continued. “If you want to get beyond race, as someone once said, you have to get to race. And if you want to have a diverse student body at the University of Texas, or other schools around the country, you’ve got to have a race-based formula.” | Mediaite
- What Happens Without Affirmative Action: The Story Of UCLA : NPR
- High Court Orders Scrutiny of Texas Affirmative Action - Bloomberg
The U.S. Supreme Court struck a compromise in its first test of university affirmative action in a decade, telling a federal appeals court to give tougher scrutiny to a University of Texas admissions program.
In a 7-1 ruling, the court left intact a 2003 decision that reaffirmed the right of universities to use race as an admissions factor. The majority instead said a federal appeals court hadn’t properly applied the standards laid out in the 2003 ruling.
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered lower courts to take a fresh look, under a more demanding standard, at the race-conscious admissions policy used to admit students to the University of Texas. The 7-to-1 decision was simultaneously modest and significant, and its recalibration of how courts review the constitutionality of affirmative action programs is likely to give rise to a wave of challenges to admissions programs at colleges and universities nationwide.