Watch: ‘Why are colleges allowed to do this?’ Lawyer explains race-based admissions policies

In a recent interview with Campus Reform, SLF Attorney and 1A Project Director Cece O’Leary breaks down affirmative action on college campuses. She explains how race-based admissions policies, currently being challenged before the Supreme Court, violate the Constitution.

O’Leary explains the ways in which colleges have justified using race as a factor in the admissions process. For example, colleges say that they are remedying the effects of past discrimination. They also argue that focusing on race in the admissions process is necessary to achieve diversity of thought.

But as O’Leary points out, the only way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race. Moreover, college campuses have become less open to diverse ideas. Through SLF’s 1A Project, O’Leary has seen firsthand how students self-censor at an alarming rate due to campus speech codes and bias response teams. Fortunately, the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Students for Fair Admissions’ (SFFA’s) challenge to race-based admissions policies. SLF continues to support SFFA’s efforts to strike down these unconstitutional admissions policies once and for all.

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