Michigan is back with affirmative action fight
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Oct 14, 2013
One way to think of the affirmative action case at the Supreme Court this week is like this: How can a state constitutional amendment banning the use of race violate the U.S. Constitutionís prohibition on racial discrimination?
But hereís a second: If the Supreme Court has found that limited racial considerations in university admissions are allowed, can a stateís voters forbid minorities from trying to convince political leaders that itís a good idea?
Those competing arguments await justices in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the courtís second look at affirmative action in higher education in a year. It concerns an amendment to the Michigan constitution passed by 58 percent of the stateís voters in 2006.
The case raises an intriguing third question as well, one that is not a part of the official proceedings: Do the arguments above expose an ideological difference between judges chosen by Democratic presidents and those nominated by Republicans?
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