Supreme Court decision in UNC admissions case elicits strong reactions

Professional headshot of William A. Darity, Jr. (“Sandy”)

By Akilah Davis and Jamiese Price June 30, 2023


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) — Reactions are pouring in shortly after the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the use of race in college admissions.

The conservative majority court ruled along party lines that admissions processes at UNC and Harvard both violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Chief Justice Roberts said that race could still be part of the admissions process but it had to only be one factor among many considered.

Dr. William Darity an African American studies professor at Duke University has served as the Director of Graduate Studies at UNC.

“I’m not sure how many institutions have been deeply concerned about the loss of affirmative action. And I’m not sure how many of them have subsequently come up with strategies to try to ensure that they are not engaged in renewed discrimination against black students,” said Dr. Darity.

He said the justices’ decision will expose one thing.

“I think that those institutions that have a genuine commitment to greater inclusion will find ways to do it,” Darity said.