Students sue West Point over race-based admissions

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West Point's 2020 graduates take the oath of office at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony Saturday, June 13, 2020, in West Point, New York. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)
West Point’s 2020 graduates take the oath of office at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony Saturday, June 13, 2020, in West Point, New York. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

By Kate Anderson
Daily Caller News Foundation

Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed a lawsuit against the military academy West Point Tuesday alleging that the school is violating the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection clause by using race-based admissions policies.

The Supreme Court ruled against Harvard and the University of North Carolina in June in a 6-3 decision, arguing that a “student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race.” SFFA, who represented the plaintiffs in the previous cases, sued the military academy, arguing that the Supreme Court’s decision should apply to all schools.

“Over the years, courts have been mindful of the military’s unique role in our nation’s life and the distinctive considerations that come with it,” Edward Blum, president of SFFA said in a press release. “However, no level of deference justifies these polarizing and disliked racial classifications and preferences in admissions to West Point or any of our service academies.”

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The lawsuit asks that the court issue a “declaratory judgment that West Point’s use of race in admissions is unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment” and that it grant a preliminary injunction barring the academy from enforcing the policy while the lawsuit goes through the court system.

West Point did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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