Is the Decision in the Thomas Jefferson Case a Good Omen? | National Review

Is the Decision in the Thomas Jefferson Case a Good Omen? | National Review


In Coalition for Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology v. Fairfax County School Board, the judge ruled that the district’s change to the admissions policy at the school (color-blind and very demanding) simply to achieve racial balancing was illegal.

This is like the Battle of the Marne in World War I. The invaders figured they could sweep right across America with their “equity” gibberish, but were just stopped in their tracks.

Attorney Louis Bonham reflects on the decision in this Minding the Campus essay. His conclusion is uplifting:

“If the Supreme Court overturns Grutter/Fisher and reaffirms that the law is colorblind, will university administrators persist in ignoring the law in favor of preserving the woke narrative of the faculty lounge? Probably, and they will cite suits against their institutions as just another example of the ‘systemic racism’ in society. But in the case of state employees (such as UT’s Jay Hartzell), the clear nature of the law will keep them from enjoying their usual qualified immunity and open them up to being held personally liable for directing and approving such unlawful behavior. Hopefully, future litigants will use this tactic to make administrators bear an economic cost for their lawless virtue signaling.”

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.





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