Reaction to affirmative action ruling: Bill Schuette vows appeal, ACLU says political process must be open to all
By David Eggert
on November 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM, updated November 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM Print
LANSING, MI - Reaction to a ruling overturning Michigan's 6-year-old ban against affirmative action in public university admissions was quick and fierce Thursday.
The state attorney general vowed to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ACLU said the decision reaffirms a cornerstone of democracy.
Statements from various parties are below.
Attorney General Bill Schuette:
MCRI embodies the fundamental premise of what America is all about: equal opportunity under the law. Entrance to our great universities must be based upon merit. We are prepared to take the fight for quality, fairness and the rule of law to the U.S. Supreme Court."
Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU attorney and University of Michigan professor:
"Today’s landmark decision reaffirms the cornerstone principle of our democracy—that the political process must be open to all Americans. It restores the argument that race is not to be disadvantaged when universities seek to enroll a diverse student body. Somewhere Lincoln and Dr. King are smiling."
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