SCOTUS RULING ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION THE MOST DEFINING RACE DECISION OF THE SESSION—
REV. AL SHARPTON CALLS TODAY’S SUPREME COURT RULING ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION THE MOST DEFINING RACE DECISION OF THE SESSION
National Action Network (NAN) and civil rights leaders call this a defining moment for race relations
New York, NY — Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) applaud the decision today by the United States Supreme Court to uphold Affirmative Action at the University of Texas, calling it the defining race decision of this session because it will help students of color be admitted to the country’s public colleges and universities.
In the wake of ongoing racial insensitivity on U.S. college campuses, NAN has been at the forefront of efforts to establish that race is a necessary factor in achieving educational diversity. When the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin for the second time in December, NAN held rallieshighlighting the need for Affirmative Action programs to be upheld. This decision is a poignant win for civil rights advocates across the country.
Rev. Sharpton has repeatedly called for ending racial exclusion in all facets of our society, and affirmative action was set up specifically to begin the process of achieving this goal. While there has been some progress in narrowing this gap, there remains much more work to be done.