ECAASU Affirms Support for Race-Conscious Admissions, Applauds Federal Judge’s Decision in Harvard Admissions Case

Official Statement
October 3rd, 2019

Press Contact: 
Tiffany Wang, tiffany.wang@ecaasu.org

ECAASU Affirms Support for Race-Conscious Admissions, Applauds Federal Judge’s Decision in Harvard Admissions Case

On Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled in favor of Harvard University in the high profile court case, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard, and upheld Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy. The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) applauds this ruling and the activism of Harvard students of all races, specifically the five students who testified at the trial with personal stories supporting race-conscious admissions for more inclusive, equitable, and representative education opportunities.  

However, the fight to protect race-conscious admissions is not over. Immediately after the decision, SFFA President Edward Blum announced that SFFA would be appealing the decision to the 1st Court of Appeals and is prepared to fight in the Supreme Court if necessary. We must all remember the larger goal of Blum and SFFA: to eliminate race-conscious admissions in service of white supremacy. 

Some Asian Americans, specifically Chinese Americans, have opposed race-conscious admissions. ECAASU speaks out with the majority whom support it. We understand that race-conscious admissions benefit AAPI communities, while this lawsuit does not and was never meant to protect us from discrimination. Edward Blum does not speak for us, and we must not only ensure the protection of race-conscious admissions but advocate for an even more nuanced understanding of the ethnically and socioeconomically diverse AAPI communities in an effort to have a truly just and equitable admissions process.


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