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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:19 PM

Affirmative Action Ban in Michigan Is Rejected

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Source: New York Times

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled, 8 to 7, on Thursday that Michigan’s voter-approved 2006 ban on affirmative action was unconstitutional.

The ruling, in Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. University of Michigan, was not based on racial discrimination, but rather on a violation of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. The ban, the court said, unfairly placed a special burden on supporters of race-conscious admissions policies.

People trying to change any other aspect of university admissions policies, the court said, had several avenues open: they could lobby the admissions committee, petition university leaders, try to influence the college’s governing board or take the issue to a statewide initiative. Those supporting affirmative action, on the other hand, had no alternative but to undertake the “long, expensive and arduous process” of amending the state Constitution.

“The existence of such a comparative structural burden undermines the equal protection clause’s guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change,” said Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., writing for the majority.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/education/michigans-affirmative-action-ban-is-ruled-unconstitutional.html

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:12 AM

1. I believe the statistics

I've read have stated that around 70% of affirmative action situations over the past 20 years have gone to Asian Americans. Yet it's always seen as a black thing.. go figure.

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 06:15 AM

2. Locking - duplicate thread

of http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014306642 . Please continue discussion there. Thanks.

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