Supreme Court hears arguments for cases concerning affirmative action

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The Supreme Court heard arguments on cases concerning affirmative action on Monday, revisiting decades of precedent that was upheld by mostly narrow majorities, NPR reports. Affirmative action refers to whether colleges and universities can consider race as a factor when determining admissions.

The challengers of the case are specifically targeting Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, arguing that their diversity policies violate equal protection and disproportionately discriminate against Asian Americans, CNN reports. They are calling for the schools to adopt race-neutral admissions criteria.

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