Biden blasts Supreme Court's ruling against affirmative action in college admissions

 June 30, 2023

President Joe Biden spoke out against the Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that ruled that race-based college admissions are not constitutional.

Biden even recommended that colleges seek their own loopholes to deal with the legal decision.

Not normal?

"Today, the court once again walked away from decades of precedent," Biden said. "I strongly, strongly disagree with the court’s decision."

"This is not a normal court," Biden said on his way out of the press conference.

Wasn't perfect

"It wasn’t perfect, but there’s no doubt that it helped offer new ladders of opportunity for those who, throughout our history, have too often been denied a chance to show how fast they can climb," said Michelle Obama, the first Black first lady.

"President Joe Biden called the decision a 'severe disappointment,' adding that his administration would provide guidance about how colleges could maintain diversity without violating the ruling," the report added.

Thomas speaks

“We [the Supreme Court] should not repeat this mistake [misinterpreting the Constitution] merely because we think, as our predecessors thought, that the present arrangements are superior to the Constitution," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion.

"The Court’s opinion rightly makes clear that Grutter is, for all intents and purposes, overruled," he added.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday that the Biden administration would join the Department of Education to find alternative options for universities.

The decision is one of several key rulings given during the last days of the current Supreme Court session. In addition to the affirmative action case, the court ruled on a Christian mailman disputing a requirement to work on Sundays, an LGBT-related case and a case involving Biden student loan forgiveness plan.

The decisions will play a large part in the efforts by both parties in the 2024 election cycle as conservatives like former President Donald Trump take credit for wins while Democrats push for a second term for Biden in hopes of adding more justices before he ends his time in office.

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