Sewell reacts to Supreme Court Ending Affirmative Action

Published 4:21 pm Monday, July 3, 2023

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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07)  reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action at colleges and universities.

“For centuries, African Americans were systematically denied the opportunity to pursue a higher education and gain financial independence, leaving a painful legacy of discrimination that persists to this day. It was during my parents’ lifetime that institutions like the University of Alabama finally allowed Black students to enroll alongside their peers,” Sewell said.

Sewell continued to address the ruling.

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“For the past four decades, the Supreme Court has recognized the important role of affirmative action in breaking down educational barriers for Black students,” Sewell said.

“After all, our entire nation benefits when talented students of diverse backgrounds get a fair shot at success. But with today’s extreme reversal, the Court has chosen to ignore our history and roll back our hard-fought progress.

“This is another solemn reminder that progress is elusive, and every generation must fight to preserve the progress of the past and advance it.”

The University of Alabama system released a statement to the ruling.

“We are assessing the Court’s ruling, but we have complied and will continue to comply with applicable laws and accreditation standards regarding admissions,” Alabama said in a statement.