Casey’s Response to the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision

Posted June 30, 2023
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
A young Black man, wearing glasses and headphones around his next, stares pensively at the camera

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion is devot­ed to mak­ing sure that all chil­dren and youth in the Unit­ed States — regard­less of race, eth­nic­i­ty or ZIP code — have a bright future. The Supreme Court’s June 29 deci­sion to restrict affir­ma­tive action in col­lege admis­sions is a direct threat to that vision.

Data show that chil­dren and youth of col­or are a long way from hav­ing a fair shot at suc­cess, despite the incre­men­tal progress the nation has made over the years. As we stat­ed two weeks ago in our 2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book, The country’s racial inequities remain deep, sys­temic and stub­born­ly per­sis­tent. Data sug­gest that our nation fails to pro­vide Amer­i­can Indi­an, Black and Lati­no chil­dren with the oppor­tu­ni­ties and sup­port they need to thrive — and to remove the obsta­cles they encounter dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly on the road to adult­hood.” This is sim­i­lar­ly true for large num­bers of Pacif­ic Islander, Native Hawai­ian and South­east Asian children.

These chal­lenges will not dis­solve on their own, just as they didn’t appear out of thin air. It will take con­cert­ed, con­sis­tent and tar­get­ed efforts over a long arc of time — such as the race-con­scious admis­sions pro­grams that were struck down — to remove the bar­ri­ers that exist and pro­mote greater equi­ty and inclu­sion. In Sep­tem­ber, we will dive deep­er into oth­er strate­gies that have the poten­tial for expand­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for chil­dren of col­or when we release our third KIDS COUNT Race for Results report.

Mean­while, as long as the data tells us it is essen­tial to do so, we will con­tin­ue to keep equi­ty at the cen­ter of our work. Togeth­er with our part­ners and grantees in the pub­lic, pri­vate and non­prof­it sec­tors, we will push to make the Unit­ed States a place where all chil­dren, youth and young adults have the fam­i­ly con­nec­tions, rela­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­ties and edu­ca­tion­al and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties nec­es­sary for their well-being and success.

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