Why the Supreme Court Endorsed, Then Limited Affirmative ActionOverview
This 12-minute video examines contemporary and historical Supreme Court cases dealing with affirmative action. For decades, the Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race in college admissions. But in 2023, the Supreme Court rejected the consideration of race as a factor in college admissions. The Court sided with challenges to admissions practices at Harvard, which was accused of discriminating against Asian Americans, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where plaintiffs argued that unfair preference was given to Black, Native American and Hispanic students, putting white and Asian applicants at a disadvantage. Both universities defended their admissions practices, citing past Supreme Court rulings that support the use of race as a factor.
- Examine contemporary and historical Supreme Court cases dealing with affirmative action.
- Analyze and classify arguments in support of and opposition to affirmative action programs.
- Identify the purpose and effectiveness of amicus curiae briefs.
- Analyze a Supreme Court opinion to determine the main idea and supporting details.
- Civics & Government
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
- Civics and Government
- U.S. History
- Supreme Court
- Race in U.S. History
- The Modern Era (1980-Present)
- How has the Supreme Court viewed affirmative action policies in higher education?
- What are the central arguments in support of and opposition to affirmative action policies?
- What are amicus curiae briefs, and why are they important to the process of deciding cases?
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