What You Need To Know Before the Supreme Court Rules On Affirmative Action

As we await one of the most highly anticipated rulings by the Supreme Court, we began to take a further look into affirmative action and where the nation stands with it.

The Huffington Post reported this morning that the Supreme Court would be issuing a decision on affirmative action today, but that was not the case. Supreme Justices passed on ruling on gay marriage, voting rights and affirmative action today. The next day to issue rulings is Thursday. But until then, let's get you up to speed with what's being said about the affirmative action case:

First things first, what is affirmative action? Affirmative action was created to prevent discrimination against employees or applicants for employment, on the basis of color, religion, sex, or national origin. It began as a tool to address the persistent discrimination against African Americans in the 1960s. Later it was also applied to college and university admissions.