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. tVA

    This country should be trying to increase opportunities for the impoverished – regardless of race. Economics NOT race should be the deciding factor for assistance and/or quota based decision-making.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. swin

    So the judges rule that when you don't give people preferential treatment then you are placing an undue burden on them.
    Sounds reasonable to me.

    As has been said time and time again, the only way to end discrimination is to end discrimination.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      Bravo!!!

      When we are equal, then there is no preference, and those that have the preference will scream to high heaven.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Think bigger

    The issue at hand is not that "because you are of asian means your good at math", or "because you're from Africa you are less educated." Those stereotypes are broad characterizations of a culture's focus on what they find to be of value. The interesting point brought up by this article, as evident in the comments, is that there still is a need for federal mandate like affirmative action.

    We are never all going to agree with each other, nor will we share the same values. We are do have the capacity to respect each other's individuality, though.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      You quote culture.

      Affirmative Action is not about CULTURE ... it is about race/gender.

      Try to pick something that is actually used to make your argument.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    What bothers me about this case (and many cases coming from the higher courts) is that more and more the higher courts are striking down laws voted for by a majority of the voters. This was a simple law that stated that you cannot consider race for college admissions meaning you got in based on your merrits and nothing more. This decision and many decisions coming from the courts are sending the message that if the majority of the voters speak and you do not like it then simply have a court strike it down meaning that the voters no longer have a voice. This was a case the higher courts had no business interferring with.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PROUDWHITEAMERICAN

      ITS BECAUSE OF THE BLACKS AND BROWNS THAT AMERICA IS A JOKE, YOU JUST CANT FIX STUPIUD WAKE UP WHITE AMERICA GET READY I AM!!!

      July 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • nojustice

      Larry a majority of people favored slavery. It looks like a majority favor slavery now. Glad courts are using a higher standard.

      July 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      Very true!!!
      Democracy died. Majority Opinion is Dead.
      When the minorities appoint committees and judges to create laws to their benefit, over-riding the masses, you have fascism. It has been this way for awhile. When the majority speaks, the minorities turn to their appointed committees to shut them up, thus undermining and destroying Democracy.

      Welcome to the WWII philosophy of the 21'st century. I'm sure the allies will need their Red brotheren very soon to correct this minority power imbalance. They don't seem to be influenced by the minority LOBBY GROUPS!!!

      July 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nojustice

    The true nature of some white men lies in these posts. Money driven devils. Correct, you are very smart. Smart enough to be the biggest murderers, rapists, thieves, and complain when a few minorities try to squeeze into a college. I remember wallace standing in the doorway of Alabama spouting the same rhetoric I see in posts here. Most of you don't believe in correcting wrongs until some poor minority is involved. Pay your debt to mankind devil.

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

      When I investigate the homelands of the "So called minorities", and the "African Americans", I have noticed a single common thread. The homelands that are controlled by their brethren are genocidal, violent, corrupt, imploding societies, and have no interest in Human Rights.

      If you take the common mentality of the leaders of these countries (African Nations guilty of War Crimes against Humanity), and compare it to the general sentiment of the same peoples in this country, we find that the leaders of these countries share a common philosophy with the Gang-Raping Pimping psychopaths of the Bloods, Crypts, and other gang bangers here. The difference is that here, they are not in government, and there they have the opportunity to change but don't.

      If given the opportunity, they act there as the people from that ancestry act here, then what does that tell you about the race?

      July 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nojustice

    The true nature of some white men lies in these posts. Money driven devils. Correct, you are very smart. Smart enough to be the biggest murderers, rapists, thieves, and complain when a few minorities try to squeeze into a college. I remember wallace standing in the doorway of Alabama spouting the same rhetoric I see in posts here. Most of you don't believe in correcting wrongs until some poor minority is involved. Pay your debt to mankind devil. Revelations

    July 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Black people are actually really smart. They somehow enslaved each other and sold fellow blacks to us, yet managed to pin the blame on white people. Impressive. Whites are also guilty, true, but only of being smart shoppers.

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

      Bob people like you are the reason affirmative action exists. The treatment of African-Americans in this country from the late 1970's and beyond is reprehensible. Affirmative action was implemented as an atonement for discrimination, not fairness.

      July 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nojustice

    The true nature of some white men lies in these posts. Money driven devils. Correct, you are very smart. Smart enough to be the biggest murderers, rapists, thieves, and complain when a few minorities try to squeeze into a college. I remember wallace standing in the doorway of Alabama spouting the same rhetoric I see in posts here. Most of you don't believe in correcting wrongs until some poor minority is involved. Pay your debt to mankind devil. Your time is coming!

    July 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Did you just say white men commit the most crimes? Do you even live in america?!

      July 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      As for repaying a debt. How come blacks never go after blacks for creating slavery in America? Whites are not to blame for that. We FREED blacks. Black people ENSLAVED blacks. White people are only guilty of being smart shoppers.

      July 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jashwua

      so tell us again Bob how blacks created slavery in america when we were doing just fine enslaving our own people in africa...lol...untill the "americans and europeans were sailing their ship to africa to "steal us away to an unkown land in most cases??

      July 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. All Knowing

    I can see that many people are confusing "racist" with "racial". For this to be racists "minorities" wuld have to have control of the power structure. Whether or not you believe the playing field is level, the stats will always explain it. Turn on ur tv's. Look at ur billboards. White is considered the norm. Wen someone ask another person if they know me the first question is "black tommie?" Or the first comment...the black guy. If I was white how wuld u describe. As if I'm not out of the norm. When u wake up everyday and have to look into the mirror and "realize" ur white then u can tell me that something is unfair. Its not racist. Its racial. Its somethin that is entrenched n the minds of. Minorities. I had crappy schools growing up. Ended up wit a 4.9 all honors classes 34 on the ACT. This is more than enough to qualify for a state school. But when a race has a hold over every position of power, whether it is conscious or not there is a bias. As human beings we cultivate toward similarity. A black guy natural is comfortable around blacks. Hispanics around hispanics. Whites around whites. And if one race holds all the positions of power this disparity (thru no personalattempt) only reinforces it. Don't feel bad white folks. I kno ur not the racist. But ur still instilled with racial elements. We all r...

    July 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jashwua

      at least someone has something intelligent to say

      July 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      Affirmative Action has hit the CNN Boards.

      Don't ever consider African Governments when discussing the issues around blacks, because the censors will kill it.

      How Blacks treat blacks is very relevant to how they expect us to treat them.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. eleven inches of loving here 4 any white chick

    i love my 11 inch p-e-n-i-s!
    i hate all immigrants especially towelheads

    July 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. All Knowing

    Ha I could name 5000 inventions please don't b ignorant

    July 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      You say so, but don't actually state one, or a link to one.

      When questioned ... "I say so, therefore it is true. I'll sue you if you say otherwise."

      Great, they invented denial.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LoganWon

    We in china like to eat fetuses and like to wear hats made out of dirty condoms we also enjoy our fried rats.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. All Knowing

    For those who believe every slave in america was bought in a fair business transaction from african nations...get real...yes it was a practice...but u cnt say that a society that stole a country...and terroized many others was like "whoa! Hey africans. Ya ill buy ur war criminals. U got 200 million of them? Cool here's 1000 gold bars" get real

    July 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      Thank you,

      As a husband of a Russian Immigrant, we know may immigrant Africans. They are fantastic people escaping horrible things.

      Ask some recent arrivals about the issue, and see what the results are.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nojustice

    The treatment of African-Americans in this country from the late 1970's and beyond is reprehensible. Affirmative action was implemented as an atonement for discrimination, not fairness.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      And it caused a functional excuse for laziness, rudeness, and total lack of respect.

      July 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nojustice

    Treatment of African-Americans in this country from the late 1970's and beyond is reprehensible. Affirmative action was implemented as an atonement for discrimination, not fairness.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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