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. Joe

    The only people of the minorities in this country that complain about the mean old whites holding them down are the ones that just want everything handed to them instead of working. They are just replacing the correct words Lazy Leech with Racism because they know they will get what they want if they complain. If white people need to do anything its stopping being huge pansies and make everyone work for what they want instead of giving everyone hand outs.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeff

    Stop calling non-whites "minorities"

    Often we hear the term " minorities" used to refer to Africans, Indians, Orientals etc...

    This is a strange term because these groups have the largest populations in the world. Africans, Indians and Orientals each have larger population than whites. So why is this this term "visible minority" used as a euphemism for non-whites?

    It is used in order to obscure the truth. Whites are not a majority, on a global scale we are a tiny and vanishing minority. Not only are we a global minority but we are poised to become a minority in our own homes.

    In 1900 my people, white people, comprised 33% of world population, today we are at 9% and dropping like a rock. Not only are we a minority in the world but because of immigration & assimilation in EVERY white country and ONLY white countries our children are poised to be minorities IN OUR OWN COUNTRIES within a few decades.

    This is genocide. This is evil and this must stop!

    July 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      evil genocide huh? lol

      July 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul C

    And you wonder why people are racist? You give one group more then another just because of how they look of course the other is going to hate on them...

    July 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    What this means is that it is ok to discriminate against white males... pure and simple....hey white guys how u feel...

    July 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul C

      It makes me a racist!

      July 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Sadly, this is true. White men under 40 have NO RIGHTS in the workplace!

      July 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    If they implement the racist affirmitive action and then a white student who was unjustly discriminated against takes an Ak-47 to that school and kills 50 blacks and hispanics, I guarantee you that promoting racism by liberals will be heavily questioned withing their own party. It's sad that it will have to come to that though.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pedestrian

      That person would be a terrorist, just like Al Qaeda and the KKK. I don't think that we should be constructing policies to appease terrorists.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GooldOldDays

    Its all moot anyway, what with the teabags trying to eliminate education or anythang close to intelligence. Just listen to Palin or Bachmann and you'll see where a lack of education but a big mouth gets you.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Resorting to derogatory names really shows your interest in education.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cloud9TN.com

    Absolutely ridiculous. Cry and moan about racism in America at every turn, yet racism is the act of treating someone different based on their race. This is RACISM. Oh... it's only outrageous when it's AGAINST YOU. Any decision made based solely on the color of one's skin is a SHAM. I love how your demographics have brainwashed you to think that the right wing political system is SO evil and the left is the savior of man. How's Obama working for you? Dont tell me your ok with the continuation of Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, torture, Patriot Act are ok now because when a Republican was in office, all you did was cry. This country is in ruins, and has yet to hit the bottom yet. Keep moaning and crying about things you dont understand, they'll change soon enough and we can all enjoy poverty. America is so stupid, I suppose it's the ignorance. Everyone get's an internet connection and MSNBC and suddenly everyone is an expert. You all should go do some investigation and get your head right because the end of America as we've known it is right around the corner.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      No, that is not racism. Racism involves–and this is very important–an imbalance of political and/or economic power. It only flows in one direction.

      No, privileged white kids are not the victims of racism. Get over it.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      BRUCE–time for you to get over it. Blacks are no longer considered slaves. We have one in the white house. Move on.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cloud9TN.com

      It is ignorant to make the assumption that if you are black you are poverty-stricken and if you are white, you are rich and privileged. Get real, do you walk around thinking you even have a clue? While we're at why dont we assume all Mexican's favorite food is tacos. You prove my point, you wave racism on the right hand, and promote it on the left.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cloud9TN.com

      And this imbalance of economic power you speak of, the top 1% of the population who are mostly white, have 99% of the wealth. So that make's the other white's empowered? This country will never come together.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      No, Bruce, you're completely wrong, because you're confusing cause and effect. Racism *results in* an imbalance of power, but racism but what something results in and what something is are two different things. Racism is treating a person differently than you would treat others based simply on the color of their skin. That's why "reverse racism" qualifies as racism. Either it's okay to treat someone differently because of their skin color, or it's not. Whether a particular race is a numerical minority in a given geographic location is completely and utterly irrelevant. The only thing that makes racism racism is differential treatment based on race (which is physically reflected by skin color). White people (the numerical majority in this particular country) can of course be victims of racism just as any race can. Numerical "majority" or "minority" status has, logically, not the slightest thing to do with it.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. getsmart?

    "alters Michigan's political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities."

    yeah, and admitting the people that should be going based on talent.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chop

    I'm not sure if helping minorities get into college to rack up $100,000 in student loan debt to get the amount of knowledge they could have obtained in 3 months is a help for minorities

    July 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    I understand how certain segments of our population are disadvantaged in the sense that they are more likely to grow up in poor locals where education and the proper education environment isn't readily available; however, the latter is an issue that cuts across ALL races... ie. there are a lot of poor white people out there as well.

    Discriminating in favor of women... there's no justification for that in my mind... women in this country have overcome legacy obstacles/hurdles and we should hold them to the same standard nowadays.

    Bottom line, I believe its a bad decision. Schools should not get race/gender and first name on all applications. Then you can grade each applicant on their qualifications.


    July 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eric

    So we are striking down a ban on racism in college admissions processes because the ban, itself, is racist... that makes perfect sense. People should never be given extra consideration for anything, much less college, because of the color of their skin. Ever. That's what the ban was about.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • nojustice

      How can you discriminate against a group for hundreds of years, then after forty years of trying to correct that wrong say "well, that's long enough!" As long as alumni receive special treatment from schools that barred minorities affirmative action stays.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. emi

    dumb. women can get into college without affirmative action. hispanics and asians are actually OVERrepresented in colleges. this whole thing has been about african-americans, always has been, and it has yet to improve their lot. time for a new strategy.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kat

    just a warning, CNN is moderating this page, and anything that is remotely offensive to minorities is being removed. Oh, the irony!

    July 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Two wrongs don't make a right, you don't fight racism with racism.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      You are correct. It's really quite simple logic, yet it escapes so many people, because most people would rather argue with their (utterly irrelevant) emotions than with troublesome things like reason and logic.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. brad

    if is inconceivable that there are still people today who think that AA does not exist. Just look at college campuses and grad schools. Look at the standards on the AAMC website for medical school applicants. There is a HUGE gap between certain minority groups credential for acceptance.What some people do not understand is that AA HURTS minorities more than it helps. Everytime a minority gets into a good college or grad school or gets a promotion, people will wonder if it was due to merit or just because they are a minority. This does a diservice to the qualified minorities who would have acheived that success regardless of race.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
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