By the Numbers: Black Americans and SCOTUS  

The relationship between Black Americans and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is intricate and multifaceted, encompassing a range of statistical insights and pivotal moments.  

In its 242-year-old history, the symbol of justice and fairness has appointed only three Black justices. SCOTUS has also played a crucial role in shaping civil rights and equality for Black Americans through landmark decisions, although the relationship has been marked by progress and setbacks.  

In June 2023, SCOTUS ruled that race-conscious decisions in admissions programs at colleges and universities were unconstitutional. The Brookings Institution said state bans on race-conscious admissions suggest that Black and Hispanic enrollment could drop 10% at selective colleges in the U.S. as a result of the ruling.  

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