Clarence Thomas: “Diversity for Its Own Sake Is A Nonstarter”

Justice Clarence Thomas on today’s Supreme Court decision to send an affirmative action case back to a lower court for review:

Attaining diversity for its own sake is a nonstarter. As even Grutter (a previous Supreme Court case) recognized, the pursuit of diversity as an end is nothing more than impermissible “racial balancing.” … Rather, diversity can only be the means by which the University obtains educational benefits; it cannot be an end pursued for its own sake. Therefore, the educational benefits allegedly produced by diversity must rise to the level of a compelling state interest in order for the program to survive strict scrutiny.

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