Monday, June 23, 2003

Rights and Reason: President Applauds Supreme Court for Recognizing Value of Racial Diversity

The White House issued the following statement this afternoon in support of today's Supreme Court decision on affirmative action:

I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing the value of diversity on our Nation's campuses. Diversity is one of America's greatest strengths. Today's decisions seek a careful balance between the goal of campus diversity and the fundamental principle of equal treatment under the law.

My Administration will continue to promote policies that expand educational opportunities for Americans from all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. There are innovative and proven ways for colleges and universities to reflect our diversity without using racial quotas. The Court has made clear that colleges and universities must engage in a serious, good faith consideration of workable race-neutral alternatives. I agree that we must look first to these race-neutral approaches to make campuses more welcoming for all students.

Race is a reality in American life. Yet like the Court, I look forward to the day when America will truly be a color-blind society. My Administration will continue to work toward this important goal.
A "careful balance between the goal of campus diversity and the fundamental principle of equal treatment under the law"? That's a Clinton-esq statement if there ever was one. Today's Court decision found no such balance--there is no balance between racial preferences and equal treatment under the law. Race can not both matter and not matter at the same time.

If the President truly looked forward to the day when America will be a color-blind society, he ought to have acknowledged that today's ruling was a big step in the wrong direction.

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