Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host on ABC’s “The View,” recently expressed her strong views on race-based college admissions policies. This came in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action in the college admissions process.
Goldberg argued that the only conceivable reason for opposing such policies was a fear of allowing a significant number of black and brown Americans to attend college and succeed. She stated during the broadcast, “The Supreme Court has upset a 45-year precedent, ruling it unconstitutional for universities to consider race in admissions.” She further explained that if everyone was genuinely treated equally, there would be no need for affirmative action.
SUPREME COURT SETS NEW LIMITS ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: #TheView co-hosts react to the ruling in cases involving whether public and private colleges and universities can continue to use race as one factor among many in student admissions. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/vhllMQpCu4
— The View (@TheView) June 29, 2023
Goldberg also called out Edward Blum and Abigail Fisher, who have been trying to eliminate affirmative action for many years. In a pointed question, she asked, “You two have been trying to get rid of affirmative action. Why do we scare you? Why do we scare you?”
The discussion also touched on legacy admissions policies, with the panel mostly agreeing that these should also end. Alyssa Farah Griffin, the panel’s only Republican, suggested that diversity should be considered in more areas than just race. She argued that a poor white child from Appalachia might need more consideration than a wealthy black student whose parents both had advanced degrees.
However, Sunny Hostin countered this argument, stating that because the country was “founded on slavery,” black students should be given preference over white students, even if the latter were “potato farmers in Idaho.”