HIGHER ED DIGEST: Supreme Court affirmative action battle will be the wrong fight at the wrong time
While the United States Supreme Court may have an overwhelming conservative majority among its ranks, the court's decision to hear a suit against two universities for alleged affirmative action overreach couldn't be more misguided.
The court’s 6-3 standing has shown no appetite to cater to the racialized whims of GOP fire-starter talking points. Roe v. Wade is as close as the judges will get; the court's inaction on healthcare and election fraud, and its own precedent on the matter of affirmative action in the Guttinger v Bollinger decision, make it likely that a court majority will not inflame racial tension in an already racially tense American society.
But let's imagine that the SCOTUS revisits and reverses course on institutional diversity efforts. Is the judicial system prepared for dockets jammed with thousands of claims that would be made anytime a campus got a little too non-white?