The Supreme Court’s ruling banning race as a consideration in college admissions, overturns long-standing precedent that has benefited Black and Latino students in higher education.

Of course, I can’t help but see the ruling banning race as a consideration in college admissions as a tragedy for all Americans. However, the court’s most recent rulings have me downright fearful about what legal precedents this obviously political-leaning court might overturn next. 

As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote in her searing dissent, with this ruling the court’s “majority pulls the ripcord and announces ‘colorblindness for all’ by legal fiat. But deeming race irrelevant in law does not make it so in life.”

For clarification purposes, despite the spin from the GOP, Affirmative Action has never required colleges to make totally race-based decisions. 

No school has ever been required to admit applicants based solely on race. Affirmative Action only mandated that race be included as one of the more than dozens of factors colleges use to make decisions.

In fact, the only college admissions policies based purely on race were the centuries of ‘’White-only” policies. 

What those who support considering race as one factor in college admissions recognize is that the policy helped counteract the “ongoing White preference in America.” 

As Black people, we remain too often overlooked in favor of people who are less qualified.  Instead, our achievements pale, and justice and fairness are routinely ignored, and choices are made instead ignoring people of different classes, genders and races.  

The Trump-appointed justices Kavanaugh, Barrett and Gorsuch illustrate White preference perfectly. Judicial expertise and competence didn’t matter; only their White race and their loyalty to the MAGA agenda was important.

(UNCLE) Clarence TOMas, who personally profited from Affirmative Action in his Yale Law School admission and his appointment to the court, demands that we pretend we live in a race-blind society.  

I’m baffled by Uncle Thomas’ view that White Americans, who have profited from four centuries of discrimination, are now in need of protection from those harmed by discrimination.  

Instead, I agree with Justice Jackson, who wrote, “With let-them-eat-cake obliviousness, today, the majority pulls the ripcord and announces ‘colorblindness for all’ by legal fiat. But deeming race irrelevant in law does not make it so in life.”

As former First Lady Michelle Obama, a graduate of both Princeton and Harvard, writes, “It wasn’t just the kids of color who benefited [from diversity in the student body], either. Every student who heard a perspective they might not have encountered, who had an assumption challenged, who had their minds and their hearts opened gained a lot as well.”

Last week’s detrimental rulings against Blacks, Hispanics and those in the LGBTQ community, following shortly behind the unremorseful revelation of ethical breaches by several of the justices, make it obvious change is needed to bring about fairness in the court.  

This imbalance in the court was brought about by the hyper-partisan appointments of Gorsuch, Barrett and Kavanaugh during the Trump presidency.  

Too few of us recognized what was at risk when, not as motivated by the Hilliary candidacy as we had been by Obama, we sat out the 2016 presidential elections. We’re living the results of that election today and may for decades to come. In 2024, we can’t afford to approach the presidential elections with the same 2016 aloofness.  

If another MAGA president makes the next appointments to the court, we could be looking at rulings to overturn Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, or worse. 

Since 1996, Bonita has served as as Editor-in-Chief of The Community Voice newspaper. As the owner, she has guided the Wichita-based publication’s growth in reach across the state of Kansas and into...