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The case has fueled a longstanding debate over affirmative action policies that traditionally benefit African-American and Latino students in an effort to offset centuries of racial discrimination.

While previous high-profile affirmative action cases have featured white students, this challenge positions minority students as the plaintiffs.

Critics have accused Blum of “exploiting” Asian-American students in pursuit of an anti-affirmative action agenda that could ultimately harm African-American and Latino students.

Surveys show that a majority of Asian-Americans support affirmative action policies, though support among Chinese-Americans decreased to 38% this year, according to a survey by APIAVote and AAPI Data.

Harvard was also previously identified as a model for affirmative action by former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.

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