Some New York State lawmakers react to affirmative action ruling

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ALBANY, NY (WENY)–Some New York State lawmakers are disappointed in the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down affirmative action–a race conscious college admissions policy. 

Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-26th Senate District) said he is worried this ruling will make it harder for students of color and marginalized communities to get into top universities.

“It’s going to be harder for those students to compete against students who come from wealth and privilege,” Gounardes said. 

He said this is the time for colleges and universities to look at ways they can overcome barriers that exclude students of color and students from marginalized communities. 

Gounardes said one way to do this is by banning legacy admissions policies. He currently sponsors a bill in the legislature to do just that. The bill is sill in committee.

Some advocates from the Asian Coalition for American Children and Families (CACF) said this ruling is a loss.

They also said it could discourage enrollment from Black and Latin X students.

“This is going to have a devastating impact across the private college landscape,” said Art Chang, Board Chair of CACF.  

Chang added the ruling excluding military academies is “appalling.” 

“They’re sending a message that it’s not okay for Black and Latin X people to get a step up through the golden door into the American dream but it’s okay for them to go and put themselves at risk,” he said.   


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