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Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban Upheld by Supreme Court

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    A 6-2 Supreme Court ruling passed today to uphold the affirmative action ban in Michigan's colleges and universities. Michigan universities have been considering race as an admissions qualifier for years, and the state's voters think that is ultimately unfair. So they voted to do away with affirmative action, moving instead toward income and/or socioeconomic qualifiers to increase and secure diversity. Today, the majority of the Supreme Court justices agreed with that decision.

    Is this the right move? Should we be removing affirmative action from society, piece by piece? Many are saying that this will be a landmark case that will set sufficient precedent to allow for colleges and universities all over the country to follow suit. California, Washington, Nebraska and Arizona already do not allow for racial preferential treatment in public schools.

    I am not sure that affirmative action should be completely removed from every aspect of society, as I know racism and prejudice are real and damning for so many people to get a fair opportunity in life. But, it is also unfair to reward a person of color or a woman for a job or position that they aren't best qualified for, simply to fill a quota. Where do you stand on this? Should affirmative action be allowed as an admissions qualifier in our public state colleges and universities?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    It would be great if race weren't an issue in our body politic, but that just isn't the case. Unfortunately, our Supreme Court doesn't agree with me. Justice Sotomayor's dissenting opinion (page 51) was spot on. It is not as simple as saying "racism is over because we have a black President." Racism is alive an well in this country and it is sad we have a Supreme Court who says otherwise. This is just another sad day in our courts rightward shift to force conservative ideology on the entirety of America.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    The real disgrace is the so called Progressives that voted against it also!
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: It would be great if race weren't an issue in our body politic, but that just isn't the case. Unfortunately, our Supreme Court doesn't agree with me. Justice Sotomayor's dissenting opinion (page 51) was spot on. It is not as simple as saying "racism is over because we have a black President." Racism is alive an well in this country and it is sad we have a Supreme Court who says otherwise. This is just another sad day in our courts rightward shift to force conservative ideology on the entirety of America.
    Yes you are right; also religion should not be used to determine if you get a job; some companies discriminate on that as well as hiring people with their choice of etnic, color etc. "Freedom" is often used as a nice slogan; but there is still a lot of discrimination on many fronts.