This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on June 29, 2023.
Rakim Brooks, president of Alliance for Justice, praised President Biden’s remarks as “pitch perfect.” He told theGrio that what he saw was the president “trying to describe…the important role that diversity plays in the American experiment as a whole” and that “our diversity makes us stronger.”
But while the ruling from the conservative majority does strike down the affirmative action programs at Harvard and UNC, Brooks noted that the decision does not outright ban race from being a consideration. Instead, as Justice John Roberts notes, race can be discussed in an applicant’s college admissions as a way of demonstrating qualities about their character.
Though it is more limiting than affirmative action, Brooks said President Biden’s new standard “will be helpful” as universities and students navigate what the Supreme Court’s ruling means moving forward.
Brooks agreed with the president, telling theGrio, “He’s so right, and we’ve got to do something to return normalcy to our third branch of government.”