Supreme Court Seeking Biden’s view on Harvard Dispute

In an odd turn of Judiciary the U.S. Supreme Court Monday June 14, 2021 asked Joe Biden’s administration to give its views on whether the justices should hear a challenge to Harvard University’s consideration of race in their student admissions program.

If the case were taken up by the court, it would give the court a chance to decide on whether to end affirmative action policies which have been used to approve people by race and not by earned scores, or to make a fair and level playing field giving all applicants equal criteria.

The court which seems to be interested in considering the appeal that has been brought by a group of students for Fair Admissions. A group founded by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, of a lower court ruling that ruled in favor of Harvard’s program. The lawsuit accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian American applicants in violation of a landmark 1964 federal civil rights law.

Blum’s group has sued Harvard before. Suing in 2014 saying that Harvard violated Title VI of the civil rights act of 1964. Some of the applicants rejected by Harvard are Asian American and claim they were rejected on the basis of race not on any academic, financial, or meritorious standing.

Lawyers for Harvard said it considers race “only in a flexible and non-mechanical way” and does not favor certain races in deciding which students to accept.

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