FAIR News: SCOTUS Poised to Rule on Affirmative Action
Dear Friends of FAIR,
In May 2022, FAIR’s legal team and network counsel filed an amicus brief in support of Students for Fair Admissions. Our pro-human mission and philosophy means that we advocate for treating people as unique individuals who share a common humanity, and not as representatives of identity groups. Many policies and programs intended to ensure equal opportunity for all individuals, including those from historically underrepresented groups, align with our values of fairness, understanding, and humanity. However, policies or programs that discriminate against or advantage individuals based on skin color or ethnicity in order to achieve group-based outcomes are inconsistent with FAIR’s principles.
Under current legal precedent, colleges and universities may consider applicants’ “race” in making admissions decisions. However, the Supreme Court is currently reconsidering that doctrine in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. Sometime in the next 10 days, and potentially as soon as today, the Supreme Court is expected to tightly restrict or ban race-based affirmative action in college admissions, a decision that FAIR fully stands behind as outlined in our brief.
FAIR believes that diversity along many dimensions is a desirable goal in institutions of higher education. However, granting preferences based on skin color and group identity are not the way to achieve that goal. Making skin color a factor in the admissions process reinforces the arbitrary concept of “race” and disregards this nation’s fundamental principle of equal treatment without regard to skin color. It also treats applicants as interchangeable members of identity groups rather than as individuals. Additionally, by using reductive group preferences that are a crude proxy for an individual’s life experience, competence, or character, we elevate institutional interests over individual rights and division, resentment, and dehumanization.
The upcoming SCOTUS decision is expected to dramatically change the law surrounding college admissions, and universities will inevitably react by making significant changes to the ways they vet and admit their student applicants. So what does the decision actually say? What will admissions processes look like going forward? How might this decision impact our culture?
We’ll bring you answers to all of these questions and many more in a roundtable discussion of thought leaders who are paying close attention to this issue. FAIR is pleased to welcome our Board of Directors member, Professor Ilya Shapiro who will be joined by FAIR Advisors who will be announced soon! As soon as the decision is published, we will set the date and time of this event and you will receive a special communication from FAIR with the registration link. We look forward to hosting this dynamic group of panelists, and we hope you will join us.
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