(UnitedVoice.com) – The Supreme Court’s most recent term ended on June 30. The week leading up to the final day yielded major changes, like the end of race-based college acceptances. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) angrily posted a message on Twitter when she learned the news about affirmative action, and not everyone agreed with her.
On July 29, the justices handed down their opinions on two affirmative cases that were before them. In the end, they decided to gut programs that allow colleges to consider race as one of the admissions criteria. Rep, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the court’s conservative justices, claiming that they would have stopped legacy students if they cared about ending the practice. Those are students whose parents or other close relatives attend the school before them. She went on to say, “70% of Harvard’s legacy applicants are white.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet went viral for all of the wrong reasons. Twitter users began roasting the congresswoman for accidentally destroying her own position. One user asked whether or not she understood math.
AOC just said since “70% of Harvard’s legacy applicants are white” Affirmative Action shouldn’t have been struck down.
According to the US Census Bureau 75% of the population is white.
Does Sandy Cortez understand math?
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) June 29, 2023
Another user said the ruling by the court did nothing but “leve[l] the playing field for everyone,” instead of giving preferential treatment to some students over others. They said it was a move toward making the country a place that “doesn’t see color, but sees potential.”
The argument on the Left is that not using affirmative action would mean white people have an unfair disadvantage because they are the majority of those chosen for college. But if more white students are applying, it would stand to reason that the majority would be white. In other words, using affirmative action gives students of color an unfair advantage over their white peers.
Other users told the congresswoman that they agreed with her when it came to legacy admissions, but she was arguing a question the court didn’t have in front of them.
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