The Supreme Court dealt another blow to affirmative action programs Tuesday, upholding the right of states to ban racial preferences in university admissions.

The decision came in a case brought by Michigan, where a voter-approved initiative banning affirmative action had been tied up in court for a decade. Seven other states — California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire – have similar bans. Now, others may follow suit.

But the ruling, which was expected after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Michigan law, did not jeopardize the wide use of racial preferences in many of the 42 states without bans. Such affirmative action programs were upheld, though subjected to increased scrutiny, in the high court’s June ruling involving the University of Texas.

The decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action comes 10 years after two seminal Supreme Court rulings out of the University of Michigan. One struck down the undergraduate school’s use of a point system that included race to guide admissions. The other upheld the law school’s consideration of race among many other factors.

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3 thoughts on “Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Ban on Affirmative Action in College Admissions

  1. Linda on said:

    With “Uncle” Thomas and his gang we should look forward to more minority rights being shot down by this cowboy court!!!!

    So sad, because the decisions that the Supremes make can have a lasting impact.

    • @Linda

      Clearly, you didn’t read this article:

      “Will Asians Kill Race Preferences in California?”

      http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/15/will-asians-kill-race-preferences-in-california/

      This part really got my attention:

      [California passed Ward Connerly’s Prop. 209 in 1996, which banned race preferences in admission at public colleges like the University of California. This latest push is an attempt by the state’s Democrats to advance a constitutional amendment that would undo this aspect of 209. …

      Meanwhile, the state’s Asians, who have done fine in the admissions game without preferences, now constitute about 11 percent of the electorate–bigger than the state’s black vote, though still smaller than the Latino share (which was 22% in the 2012 exit poll). Asian communities seem to worry, not without reason, that preference-aided admissions for blacks and Latinos will mean fewer slots for Asians.]

      This is a reminder that not every minority group thinks affirmative action is a good thing.

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