The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision struck down the use of race as a factor of consideration during the college admissions process. As it is a violation of the 14th Amendment.
NBA legend Charles Barkley reacted to the Supreme Court’s controversial decision by stating that he is going to leave $5 million to Auburn, his alma mater, to help encourage the university to continue being diverse.
TMZ Sports was the first to report Barkley’s donation. As they pointed out, only around 5 percent of students at Auburn are black. Barkley stated that following the Supreme Court ruling he was on the phone with one of his friends and starting to discuss what they could do to help ensure that Black people would continue to have a spot at the university.
Barkley is not the one to have criticized the Supreme Court’s decision. President Biden also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision by stating that in 2016 the court had reaffirmed that colleges were allowed to use race as one of the factors in college admissions. He further noted that this is one of the many factors being considered, but that once again the Supreme Court had chosen to go back on “decades of precedent.”
The NAACP also slammed the ruling stating it was “hate-inspired” and that this was a dark day for the country. The President of the NAACP, Derrick Johnson also issued a statement noting that the Supreme Court “bowed” down to the extremist beliefs of the minority. He added that affirmative action exists only because they could not depend on universities to ensure diversity in admissions.