North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) and Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears (R) have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of current efforts before the US Supreme Court to challenge and, hopefully, end race-based admissions policies at Harvard AND the University of North Carolina. Both Sears and Robinson are major players in their respective states’ education arenas.
Their brief supports efforts by Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. that challenge the policies at both schools:
[…]The University of North Carolina—astate institution—likewise obsesses over the race of its applicants from the beginning to the end of the application process, actively disadvantaging white and Asian American students in favor of what it deems “underrepresented minorities.”Id.at 40-47. In each school’s process, applicants—of all races— are deprived of their individuality; some receive favorable treatment due to their ancestry, while others have their ancestry only tolerated (at best).[…]
If things go well for the petitioners — as well as for Sears and Robinson — and the court finds in favor of their argument, there could be widespread implications for so-called “affirmative action” admissions policies on campuses from coast-to-coast.
Friend-of-the-court briefs (as I understand them after consulting with legal-eagle friends) are filed by parties who are NOT part of the case but wish to add their unique perspective(s) to the legal proceedings.
This is definitely something to keep our eyes on.