The U.S. Supreme Court made a historic decision that effectively ended race-conscious admission programs at colleges and universities nationwide. The decision, supported by the conservative supermajority, invalidated admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. It overturns decades of precedent and prohibits colleges from considering race as a factor in admissions. Chief Justice John Roberts, who opposes affirmative action, argued that colleges should use colorblind criteria. However, opponents of the decision, such as Columbia University President Bollinger and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, believe it perpetuates racial inequality and undermines equal protection. The decision is expected to have far-reaching consequences, impacting not only higher education but also areas like employment and promotion decisions.