Affirmative Action on the Docket

A woman cheers at a rally in Boston's Copley Square to support Students for Fair Admissions' lawsuit against Harvard University (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a pair of cases that could overturn contentious precedents dating back to the 1970s.

Sound familiar?

Last term, the court’s Dobbs decision overturned the federal abortion status quo. This year, race-based affirmative action in college admissions is on the docket.

Both cases before the court today have the same plaintiff: Students for Fair Admissions, which describes itself as “a nonprofit membership group of more than 20,000 students, parents, and others who believe that racial classifications and preferences in college admissions are unfair, unnecessary, and unconstitutional.” The group was founded by Edward Blum, an activist who has been involved in several past Supreme Court cases related to racial discrimination.

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