McConnell: Racial Discrimination Has No Place In College Admissions
(M)illions of hardworking and ambitious students have hoped for a fair shake on their academic qualifications, not the color of their skin. So last month’s ruling marked an overdue and historic step.'
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court:
“As I explained yesterday, an ideologically independent Supreme Court concluded its most recent term with a series of landmark rulings reaffirming fundamental constitutional principles.
“I’d like to speak briefly today about one such example: the court’s 6-3 decisions striking down race-based preference in higher education admissions.
“For decades, colleges and universities discriminated against bright young applicants on the basis of the color of their skin. The practice is not just wrong but wildly unpopular with a majority of Americans. Unfortunately, a series of misguided and increasingly confused Supreme Court precedents have allowed universities to continue this indefensible practice.
“Last month, that all changed. As the Chief Justice wrote for the majority, ‘Our constitutional history does not tolerate’ the choice of race over merit.
“Most Americans already knew this to be true. More than half of our nation’s history has been a steady march toward more fully ensuring the promise of the Fourteenth Amendment: equal protection under the law.
“Along the way, millions of hardworking and ambitious students have hoped for a fair shake on their academic qualifications, not the color of their skin.
“So last month’s ruling marked an overdue and historic step. Racial discrimination has no place in college admissions. And thanks to the Court’s action, more bright young Americans will get a shot at writing their American Dreams.”
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