Michigan is back with affirmative act...

Michigan is back with affirmative action fight

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#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. Constitution’s prohibition on racial discrimination?

But here’s a second: If the Supreme Court has found that limited racial considerations in university admissions are allowed, can a state’s voters forbid minorities from trying to convince political leaders that it’s a good idea?

Those competing arguments await justices in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the court’s 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 state’s 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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