Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decisions in SFFA v. UNC Chapel-Hill and SFFA v. Harvard restricting the consideration of race in college admissions.

In response to the rulings, Democracy Forward President & CEO Skye Perryman issued the following statement: 

Today, Black, Brown, and other people who have experienced systemic racial barriers to education will now be applying to university in a context where the majority of judges on our nation’s highest Court have ruled that those systemic barriers must be largely ignored. The promise of democracy depends on equal protection under the law for all people. Today’s decision deals a devastating blow to that promise and to hard-won progress that generations of Americans have worked to achieve. At Democracy Forward, we are committed to ensuring that today’s decision is not the last word in the fight for civil rights. Our team will not relent in our efforts to secure the promise of democracy for all.