ABFE’s Statement in Response to the US Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling

ABFE’s Statement in Response to the US Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling

“With let-them-eat-cake obliviousness…the majority pulls the ripcord and announces ‘colorblindness for all’ by legal fiat. But deeming race irrelevant in law does not make it so in life.” 

– Ketanji Brown, Supreme Court Justice.



The latest Supreme Court decision limits the use of race as an indicator for university admissions, and while this is just the latest in a string of blatant attacks on Black and Brown communities, the stench and burn of a nearly 60-year legal precedent being overturned hit many of us deeply. For so many in our community, affirmative action served as a step stool to a piece of the American dream. And while our highest courts may feel otherwise, we know that race continues to impact every indicator of wellbeing, so we will continue to hold the line on pushing for equity and justice in this country.


My hope is that your commitment to equity and justice for all people remains unwavering, especially during this season. I am encouraged by the leadership of many Black foundation CEOs who remain committed to prioritizing this work in their institutions and communities. Below is a list of the statements we’ve captured so far, which includes some updates.  

-Susan Taylor Batten, ABFE President & CEO


Affirmative Action Statements from Black Foundation CEOs:


Brooklyn Community Foundation 

California Wellness Foundation 

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation 

Ford Foundation 

Health Forward Foundation 

Jackie Robinson Foundation 

Kaiser Permanente Foundation 

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation 

McKnight Foundation 

Mellon Foundation 

Meyer Foundation 

San Francisco Foundation 

Schott Foundation 

Southern Education Foundation 

Tides Foundation 

The Boston Foundation 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation    

Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation