Michigan Affirmative Action ban upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 3.25.45 PM

By Raul Garcia Jr.
Twitter: @rgarcia_LE

On Tuesday April 22, the U.S. Supreme court upheld the approved legislation to the Michigan State Constitution in favor with a 6-2 ruling decision banning Affirmative Action in Michigan.

They found the Amendment to the Michigan Constitution did not violate the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
The state of Michigan passed a vote (Proposal 2) banning Affirmative Action at state schools in 2006. The fight was led by a young women who had not been admitted to the University of Michigan. She challenged the university that she was bypassed as a student for a minority.

Jennifer Gratz was able to push for legislation called the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative also known as Proposal 2 that stopped discrimination based on race, color, sex or religion in admissions to colleges, jobs and other publicly funded institutions.
Proposal 2 passed by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent of the vote.

The University of Michigan released data showing the decline of minority students after Proposal 2 was implemented in 2007 proving that the university did consider race as a factor in admissions before 2006.

In her first case dealing with race on the bench Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor wrote a 59 page decent. Sotomayor calls the decision blistering and she said allowing Michigan voters to change the political process infringed on disadvantaged minority groups.

Justice Sotomayor states in here book that Affirmative Action opened doors for her. The first Latino/a justice attended Yale Law School. She is the third female appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order mandating government contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.” And in 1964 President Lynodon Johnson signs a law allowing federal courts to apply action to improve representation in discriminatory organizations. Universities interpret this to mean they should increase enrollment among underrepresented groups.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Comments