(June 30, 2023 at 1:15pm)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to a trio of shameful Supreme Court decisions issued late this week that saw the extremist bench strike down affirmative action in college admissions, give way for businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples and prevent the Biden Administration from enacting its student loan debt cancellation plan.

“There is truly no low this Supreme Court and its extremist conservative majority will not sink to and no demographic it won’t even further marginalize,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Our already broken higher education system has long been inhospitable for people of color — both in terms of the admissions process that prioritizes legacy acceptances and the often crippling debt that students are forced to bear in order to attain a degree — and these decisions to wipe out the progress we have made in these areas will only significantly worsen our nation’s extreme education, economic and wealth gaps. Meanwhile, in the Court spending the final day of Pride Month by giving a green light to blatant discrimination against LGBTQIA+ Americans trying to marry the loves of their lives, it is clear that the cruelty is the point.

“This Supreme Court will stop at nothing to tilt our society in favor of the wealthy and well-connected, all while systematically stripping away the rights of Americans of color, LGBTQIA+ Americans, lower-income Americans, Native Americans, women and more. As that assault continues, we cannot afford for the federal administration to simply be a bystander to that betrayal of our democracy,” added Borough President RICHARDS. “President Biden and Congressional Democrats must leave no stone unturned in pushing back against these unelected extremists — starting with an expansion of the Supreme Court. We must move with the urgency of now to protect our democracy or risk its ultimate destruction at the hands of those who care only about their own power and privilege.”

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