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In Their Own Words . . . .Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

Posted  June 29, 2023

“Gulf-sized race-based gaps exist with respect to the health, wealth, and well-being of American citizens.  They were created in the distant past, but have indisputably been passed down to the present day through the generations.  Every moment these gaps persist is a moment in which this great country falls short of actualizing one of its foundational principles — the ‘self-evident’ truth that all of us are created equal.”

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, in her dissenting opinion (joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan) to the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina, holding the Harvard and UNC affirmative action admissions programs violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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