July 1st, 2011
04:31 PM ET

Michigan ban on considering race in college admissions struck down

A divided federal appeals court has struck down Michigan's ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions.

The issue is likely to renew the national political and legal debate over affirmative action, which the Supreme Court could be poised to resolve in coming months.

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday concluded in a 2-1 ruling that the voter-approved ban on "preferential treatment" at state colleges and universities was unconstitutional, and "alters Michigan's political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities."

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  1. Jimbo

    I am a minority, I didn't need any special treatment or help. I did it on my own. College educated and a military officer, the opportunities are available but the people are just plain lazy and want something for nothing. Get rid of affirmative action and welfare!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Thank you Jimbo. Now, if only everyone felt the same way about this, we would be a lot better off.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newo

      tipping my hat to you, sir

      July 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. a sad day for us all

    i graduated from columbia university several years years ago, and i was in several classes filled with primarily black people. i was astounded by the low caliber of the class relative to the other classes i was in, and was simply dismayed with the way the professor completely overlooked the laziness of all of the black students who spent their time during class chatting with friends on gchat and facebook, while the rest of us white students worked incredibly hard. i wanted my money's worth given the exorbitatnt tuition i was paying, and sadly, i didn't always get that thanks to the blacks and affirmative action destroying the integrity of the once-sacred classroom.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. racist b

    And when the whites become the minority???? Then what ??
    Do you really think that they will be given the same considerations by the black, hispanic, and gat communities???
    I personally doubt it !!!

    July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JohnCBarclow

    We can't kill the blacks. And we can't ship them away. But what about a program where we pay black women not to have children? Maybe white people could contribute to a fund where if a black woman reaches menopause without ever having given birth to a live child, she could be awarded with $10,000 or some other amount. I know it would cost money, but in the long run, it would be cheaper than paying for welfare, wasted education, and prison.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggy519

      Oh my God.....

      July 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggy519

      Oh my God.....that's eugenics, and evil.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Newo

    sorry Black people, you lost the affirmative action card when I voted a black guy into the White House. "Yes, we can."
    (tongue in cheek)

    July 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      Hey, the Irish Red-head side of him when he toured home seemed to be less accepting.

      Amazing. I guess Ireland hasn't figured out the Affirmative Action aspects of their social order. The BBC, and specifically local news was much less flattering.

      July 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GetReal

    I have worked for years in higher education. At one time I thought we should expand affirmative-action, but having seen how it is practiced and the harm that it creates, I say no more. Affirmative-action is legal racism. It is a quota system that rewards mediocrity. It should have no room in a color blind society.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nobody you know

    This is way worse than "Affirmative Action"

    Let me tell a quick story about 2 of my high school classmates:

    Student 1: A brilliant straight A student from a lower middle class background. While I wouldn't call his family poor he did come from the poorest neighborhood that went to our high school. A good football player (not as great as his brother who was top 100 recruit). 1550 SAT score (on a 1600 scale) . Lauded by many teachers as the smartest student they ever taught. Honestly the most impressive memory of anyone I've ever met. Joined as many clubs as he could but Football and athletics were his top priority. Never had any private tutors, never took and SAT Class. #2 Class ranking in a weighted scale (which when you include Football lowers you GPA)

    Student 2: A smart straight A student. SAT 1300. A wealthy background. Private tutors throughout high school. Princeton Review SAT. Was in many clubs but not in leadership roles. #6 class ranking. He was very smart just never worked as hard as he could have.

    Both applied to Harvard: Guess who was accepted and who wasn't.

    Do you know why? Student 2s father was a Harvard graduate. Cronyism strikes again.

    Student 1 was crushed. It had been his dream since elementary to attend Harvard (I'd known him since 3rd grade).

    The good news: Student 1 went to state school (on a full scholarship), where he was brilliant as he had always been, became a Marshall scholar, studied at Oxford and got his PhD in history from YALE. <-Ha!

    Student 2? He's actually not doing so bad himself. He's the CEO of a non-profit that does good work around the world. And I always thought he was a D-bag in high school.

    So until we eliminate all forms of unfairness in the college application process (which we never will) I am okay with Affirmative Action.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • earpstorch

      Ultimately Harvard and Yale have to deal with the consequences of their own actions as private schools. If they continue to accept lower quality students over more qualified ones, their reputations will suffer, as will their enrollment pools and the amount of money they can charge.
      Would you still be ok with it if this wasn't Harvard or Yale, and was a publicly funded school, funding racism with public money?

      July 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Willie

    If things were fair, if people white, black or brown were not discriminated against. If a person was not discriminated against and judged solely on their merits there would be no need for affirmative action.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      Considering that your punctuation is on par with the illiterate mayor of Detroit's, and the high frequency of inability to write according to proper punctuation, grammar and sentence structure of black people, I take it you're black.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Swoish

      That is a rediculous statement Willie, "affirmative action" IS racist. It gives "preferential treatment" to minorities, so that is TOTAL racism. Admission to Universities should be based on the students academic acomplishments, NOT the color of their skin or nationality. This is unbelieveable, the court is TOTALLY wrong here & it WILL be overturned.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTalk

      STFU Jason....your are not a Rhodes Scholar at all......quit pretending......youre probably PWT to say the least.....lol
      and you're probably referring to the "FORMER" mayor of Detroit not the "CURRENT" one who runs a STEEL company.....either one of them have more moxie, intelligence, net worth, and are more important than you......

      July 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Your abuse of an ellipses is offensive.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GnatB

      One of the oddities about affirmative action is it implies racism (or at least stereotyping) is actually justified. The primary argument I've heard in favor of affirmative action is that without it, there wouldn't be a good mix of people of different ethnicities/culture/etc. in the school. If that, in fact, is true, then that would mean that whichever ethnicities/culture/etc. are lacking really *aren't* as good as the other ethnicities/cultures/whatever in whatever tests the school is using to judge whether or not applicants can attend.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nojustice

    Most of you racist on this post are the reason why affirmative action exists, keep posting!

    July 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. UMichAlum

    It makes you wonder why they ask race in the first place. Why would somebody looking over your admissions form need to know whether you were white, black, red, or yellow? What difference does it make to them? I mean other than meeting quotas...

    July 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken

    White folk better leave affirmitive alone so that it can continue to benefit minorities. You see, at the rate Whites are going, they will soon become the new minority in our society.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • PROUDWHITEAMERICAN

      Yea we will become the minorities but will still do better then the blacks and browns you just cant change stupied.
      The blacks and browns just get pushed through and come out just as stupid as they went in, and in the end America will become a third world country. I think the white Americans know what is going on so wait and see THE WHITE RACE WILL WIN IN THE END.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Queen Barbara

    Thou shall not covet your neighbor's house and that also means the house of biological inheritance.If you get rid of your neighbor's children in order to feed your own at his table you are ignoble and guilty no matter what a human judge rules.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Whokanikal

    All of these comments show why we need it. But at some point we'll all be minorities.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Engineer in Raleigh

    "Most of you racist on this post are the reason why affirmative action exists, keep posting!"

    Boy, that's a compelling argument... Because there are racist trolls on the CNN message board, racist admissions standards are justified. BTW, in case you haven't noticed, the president is black. Racism will never disappear, but the glass ceiling has. If you want to discredit racists, you might want to stop demanding reduced admissions standards based on the color of someone's skin.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RealTalk

    this is hilarious......1/2 of you whites hate and/or insult anyone other than yourselves basically......whether its foreign or domestic..........you just try to control and kill as many non-whites as possible i guess.......and thats inside of America (discrimination against all non-whites at different periods of time) and outside of America (imperialism which spawns terrorism or anti-america sentiment)......nobody knows or can do anything like you, right?.....WRONG!!!!......you hated giving freedom in the 1860s and you hated having to give civil rights in the 1960s.....and you hate it when other countries say stay outta their politics and their country.....AND YOU DAMN SURE HATE THE PRESIDENT IS BLACK!!!.....matter of fact 2+2=4 when a white person says it but if a black person says it, the white person will say its 5 just outta spite......lol

    July 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      So the fact that his very black father was a deadbeat, and not involved in his life at all, but his lilly white single mother trailer trash mother got him into college, being an immigrant herself and poor to boot has nothing to do with it.

      Typical African-American political correctness, he is half black so he is black, even though his father does what MOST of you do ... get a girl knocked up and run and let her clean up your mess. Negligent black father, attentive Lilly white Irish Catholic Mother, and he goes to Harvard. Teaches there and get's the highest office. Great.

      His black culture from his childhood is SOOO apparent in his life.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
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