Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Once a stick of segregation, the University of North Carolina (UNC) took into account the race of applicants for its storied past and increased numbers of black and other minority students on campus.
Its affirmative action program, which uses race, among other factors, to create a diverse student body, is similar to programs at other public and private universities in the United States, but the U.S. The Supreme Court is now set to ban its use or eliminate it altogether.
The case, which follows the cancellation of the constitutional right to abortion in June, offers another test for a court now dominated by conservatives. The question is whether the country’s Supreme Court will steer the country’s policies to the right on one of its most controversial cultural issues.
The country’s highest court will hear on Monday two cases involving UNC and Harvard, the country’s oldest public and private universities, respectively.
Plaintiffs in the cases have lost every step, with lower courts dismissing their arguments that those schools now discriminate against white and Asian applicants.
But the organization Students for Fair Representation, created by conservative activist Ed Blum, has always had its eye on the Supreme Court—more conservative now that the three nominees by past President Donald Trump are among its nine judges—as the best platform of more than 40. To reverse years of court rulings that have allowed race to be a factor in trying to balance diversity in admissions.
The premier University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a curious place to argue.
The first black students arrived there in 1951 and only thanks to a court order. By the 1980s, many students reported being subjected to racist adjectives and shocking displays of insensitivity, including a case in which a white student asked them to do their laundry, in case documents by historian David Ceselsky. According to one account involved. ,
Even now, US District Judge Loretta Biggs in her 2021 ruling upheld the current program at UNC, saying that many minorities enter college at lower rates than white and Asian applicants and “reporting minority students to university.” They continue to face racial adjectives, in addition to being seen as isolated, excluded, stereotyped and patterned in many university places”.
Defending its program, UNC wrote to the Supreme Court that the school “still has a lot to do.”
On a recent fall day in Chapel Hill, several students talked about the pros and cons of affirmative action programs in college admissions.
Christina Huang, an 18-year-old college freshman who is already UNC’s co-director of affirmative action, supported the need for diversity on campus, saying it enriches the academic environment for all students, even outside of the classroom. Is.
“I think there’s a negative connotation to affirmative action, the idea that you have to meet the quota that hurts Asian-Americans,” said Huang, who studies political science.
“But culture plays a big part, especially on the UNC campus, because you walk through it and there is culture everywhere. There are people wearing traditional clothes, there are fashion shows, people dancing to different types of music, even. That the food we eat: It’s very important. A lot will be lost if we don’t make sure we have that variety.”
Students now enjoy picnics under the trees at McCorkle Place, where the Confederate Army Silent Sam statue stood for more than 100 years until it was torn down by protesters in 2018, calling it racism, white supremacy, bigotry and slavery is considered a symbol of
Joy Jiang, 19, co-director of an affirmative action advocacy group, said recent racial tensions on campus – which she described as a negative reaction to the statue’s demolition – have led many non-white students to openly Afraid to express support for your program.
This story is basically . was published on October 29, 2022 at 0:10 pm.