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Conservatives on Supreme Court Seek End to Affirmative Action in College Admissions

  • Conservatives seek end date for use of race in admissions
  • Almost five hours of arguments suggest deep ideological split
Justices of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Justices of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg
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The US Supreme Court’s conservative majority suggested a readiness to abolish the use of race in university admissions, casting doubt on policies supporters say are essential for ensuring diverse student bodies at the nation’s most selective institutions.

Hearing almost five hours of arguments in Washington on Monday, the justices showed deep divides -- largely, if not completely, along ideological lines -- as they heard challenges to affirmative action programs at the University of North Carolina and Harvard College.