The Supreme Court just refused to step in over woke policies at America’s top military academies

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The woke agenda has taken over every major institution in the United States.

Conservative activists are pushing back in every possible way.

But the Supreme Court just refused to step in over woke policies at America’s top military academies.

Successful litigation against Harvard inspires new case against military academy

In September of 2023, the conservative advocacy group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) brought a lawsuit against West Point Military Academy. 

The group alleged that the school is violating the rights of applicants through race-based admissions criteria. 

“Over the years, courts have been mindful of the military’s unique role in our nation’s life and the distinctive consideration that comes with it,” SFFA President Edward Blum said in a statement. “However, no level of deference justifies these polarizing and disliked racial classifications and preferences in admissions to West Point or any of our service academies.”

The suit followed the successful litigation of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, which ruled that Harvard and the University of North Carolina had violated the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. 

The Supreme Court ordered the universities to immediately cease any screening of applicants that involved their ethnicity. 

Sotomayor refuses request for temporary injunction against West Point

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor oversees the Southern District of New York. 

That means that the left-wing Justice was the one to decide if a request by SFFA for a preliminary injunction would be put into place while the plaintiffs awaited review by the Court. 

Last week, Justice Sotomayor rejected the request and said that she would not stand in the way of West Point’s admission process this spring. 

“The record before this Court is underdeveloped, and this order should not be construed as expressing any view on the merits of the Constitutional question,” the brief explained.

West Point has been permitted to continue their current admissions processes, but the case will be returned to the lower courts for further consideration. 

West Point and other academies “must end their race-based policies”

SFFA has two cases that were impacted by the Supreme Court’s decision not to provide injunctive relief. 

The case was brought when U.S. District Judge Philip M. Halpern rejected the request in the Southern District of New York. 

“A full factual record is vital to answering this critical question whether the use of race in the admissions process at West Point furthers compelling governmental interests and whether the government’s use of race is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest,” Halpern said in December.

SFFA had requested a similar injunction against the Naval Academy in Maryland. 

Bush-appointed District Judge Richard Bennett responded to a similar request in December by rejecting it based on an incomplete filing.

The SFFA argued that the prior ruling against Harvard and University of North Carolina should apply in this case. 

“The Supreme Court’s recent opinion in the SFFA case expressly forbids all institutions of higher education from using race in admissions decisions, it must follow that the U.S. military higher education institutions must end their race-based policies as well,” President Blum said.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.