In a landmark decision the United States Supreme Court overturned decades-long precedents, effectively banning affirmative action in college and university admissions. This ruling prohibits educational institutions from considering race in their admissions process, a change that has ignited intense debate. Ruling 6-3 to end affirmative action in US higher education institutes, the ruling showed the ever growing divide between the conservative and liberal judges on the nation’s highest legal authority.
Chief Justice John Roberts said in his judgment that universities have “concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.”