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Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:18

April 22 - On a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court rejects a challenge to a voter-approved Michigan law that bans the practice of affirmative action for college admissions. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The University of Michigan is in the spotlight today. With a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions. And some Michigan students are disturbed to hear it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENT, JOSHUA ALLEN, SAYING: "It should be merit, but, I don't think merit academically should be the only factor, which is why I'm disheartened to affirmative action still being, the ban maintaining affirmative action." Voters decided to end affirmative action at Michigan's public universities in 2006. Back in 2003, Jennifer Gratz sued the University on the basis of equal rights. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUPPORTER JENNIFER GRATZ, SAYING: "My entire adult life has been spent trying to make sure that everyone, when they apply to college or for jobs or contracts is afforded an equal right to compete based on their character or their merit, not their skin color or their sex." For some, there's a concern that the Supreme Court's ruling will shrink minority enrollment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACLU ATTORNEY, MARK ROSENBAUM, SAYING: "This isn't just an uneven playing field, it's two playing fields all together, one of which is an obstacle course." Affirmative action programs were first advocated in the 1960's to combat discrimination against racial minorities. They've faced a backlash from conservatives in recent decades.

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Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:18