NAACP Response to SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2023

Contact: Attorney Sheley Secrest, Vice-President
NAACP State Area Conference (Washington, Alaska, Oregon)
Direct: (253) 468-1247



Advisory: NAACP Response to SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action Questions and Requests for Interviews can be addressed by Vice President Secrest


Racism is Alive and Well in Washington State Academic Institutions

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued extreme decisions reversing decades of precedent on affirmative action. The court's rulings in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina jeopardize hard-fought progress for Black Americans in classrooms and beyond.


Washington State was the first in the nation to dismantle affirmative action in admissions for higher education.  We know the devastating impact this has had on Black students, and other student color throughout our statewide college campuses.  We also have the advantage of wisdom and experience that have taught us what it will take to recover from the willful ignorance of today’s SCOTUS decision.    




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.