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Supreme Court Sets Inequality Path

By Charlotte Robinson, July 13, 2023

With the Supreme Court’s recent decisions against affirmative action & our LGBTQ rights once again under attack we’re in a terrible downward & backward trend as we cope with the most troubling & harmful rulings that the Court has issued since last year’s demise of Roe v Wade. Lisa Rice National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) President & CEO stated, “In its 6-3 ruling against affirmative action plans at Harvard and University of North Carolina, the Court ignored nearly 50 years of precedent & the lower court’s factual analysis. It also ignored stark truths about systems of bias, created by centuries of race-based laws & policies, that still harm millions of people every day…Our neighborhoods are more segregated today than they were 100 years ago & communities of color have far fewer resources & amenities than do predominately White communities. Those amenities include clean land, air & water; healthcare facilities; internet services; full-service grocery stores; banks & credit unions & the like. It is important to note that the Court’s ruling is limited, only applying to those universities & is not an outright ban on affirmative action in college admissions. In another disappointing & alarming turn of events, the Court’s decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis essentially gives some businesses cart blanche to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals under the guise of protecting free speech. Finally, the Court’s decision to block President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan will prevent millions of Americans from gaining the financial freedom from the burden of student loan debt that they need to buy a home, start a business, or just thrive. The decision presents a particular hardship for women & students of color, especially Black students & will hamper equitable growth in the economy.” NFHA works to dismantle longstanding barriers to equity & build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities. 

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