Retired judge speaks on current impact of SCOTUS ending race-conscious college admissions

Wendell Griffen, a recently retired judge, pastor and social justice advocate, discussed how the elimination of affirmative action in higher education is negatively impacting Asian Americans. (MD Duran)

A recent report in The Los Angeles Times detailed how Asian American families are facing “added stress” after the end of affirmative action in college admissions.

This is despite the high court siding with the organization Students for Fair Admissions, which argued that race-conscious college admissions discriminated against Asian American students.

“The need for diversity can’t come at the cost of Asian Americans,” said Calvin Yang, who spoke on behalf of Students for Fair Admissions before their court victory.

Retired judge Wendell Griffen says he never saw the Supreme Court’s decision as a “victory” for Asian American students.

“It’s not factually true. The record in the Students for Fair Admissions case did not identify a single student of any ethnicity that had been denied admission to either the University of North Carolina or Harvard based upon the affirmative action criteria,” said Judge Griffen.

Following the June 29 decision, the LA Times reported some Asian American families are now experiencing more stress about the college admissions process.

For some, the stakes are high to get into an elite college, but they claim there’s a “lack of transparency” about what the schools require for entry.  

As students continue to discuss race in their college application letters, Griffen, a social justice advocate and pastor, strongly believes that someone’s lived experience should not be a disqualifier for them to get into college.

On Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Griffen discussed the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.