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. Pete

    State sponsered racism against whites is a very bad idea, considering white males built this country we can very easily destroy it too.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTalk

      Built on the backs of slave labor and theft from Native-Americans would be more historically accurate.....

      July 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred

    Just so we all know, what are the races of these 3 Federal judges? Anyone know? Is BS like this that makes this country need another revolution.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mandy

    What this also implies is that Michigan universities will be incentivized to educate minorities both from out of state and out of the country. From a local standpoint, this appeal is late in addressing the social issue of discrimination, and is ignoring the social issue that Michigan faces now which is potential for a local brain drain.

    In my opinion, the longer term effect of U of M's affirmative action stance 10 years ago is two-fold: 1) it sent a lot of smart people to get educated elsewhere, both in and out of state, and 2) it put the onus on other state universities to be responsible for educating the youth of the state of Michigan.

    In my personal experience, as a 'white' female, I got denied admission to U of M, with a 4.0 + GPA, extra curriculars, and the whole gambit. My situation was common enough for the case to make it to the Supreme Court, where the ruling was against the U of M 'point system'. Now that this is reversed, the two effects above are going to occur with more federal support, thus on a larger scale – – Michigan youth are going to have a harder time getting educated, and have more incentive to leave the state. Neither of which are good for Michigan, especially at this time in Michigan's history. Michigan can't afford a federally supported brain drain right now.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      mandy i dont know what to say. we are slowly beging to reverse this globalist night mare immigration , one world locamotive.

      state after state.

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

      White male. Couldn't get in to college in California. Got into U of Az with SAT scores only. Now I live in kansas. F.U. California.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      You are awesome! Really ^^

      July 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Your situation is unfortunate and I hope you got into a different good school and now have a great job. Isn't not considering race in the application process less racist? Isn't that what the melting pot is supposed to be about?

      July 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Denied admission, or wait-listed?

      July 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      most us fighting this cultural battle in there 40's and 50's. up. you kids 30 down better learn how to fight this crap. cause this is your future not ours....we made our money. you kids will be competing against 50 million hispanics and asians. and growing white minority....dwindling numbers........so....this soon will be your fight. the more , you people keep
      getting put sleep by this multicultural crap. the worse it will be

      July 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      @Matt, appreciate the positive energy. Definitely was trying to illustrate a point in my post, as opposed to looking for sympathy, as I'm sure you recognized. In case it's of interest, I got my BA and MA at MSU, in math and technology respectively, and am working in San Francisco in digital technology, after working in digital technology in Michigan for 5 years. Now I'm bailing CA out of debt, ha, that I'm only starting to learn about! No complaints on this fantastic city though, 🙂

      July 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Randy Marsh

    ... people that annoy me.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bigdogdc

    When the Gov. give Affirmative Action to Black basically it's saying you're not as smart as a White Person.

    Thats Racist if you ask me.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • irene

      No, what the government is saying is that the deck is stacked against minorities who grow up in poorer neighborhoods where schools are not as well funded or as adequate as private or public schools in richer neighborhoods. What is it with the right wing? You know that your arguments are disingenuous and simplistic in their propensity towards bigotry, but you refuse to be swayed by facts. Calling affirmative action racist is morally wrong.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Functioning Lunatic

      But affirmative action does not allow poor white male or female. They must keep their racial statistics. A poor white male, or a poor white female is doubly outed because they are behind the minorities.

      Poor is poor, rich is rich. If what you say is true, then there are no poor white boys or girls, and the census can tell you otherwise.

      Try being the poor white male hiding from the bullets, studying to get a 4.0 that loses his application to a black female with a 2.5 from the same neighborhood.

      Poverty doesn't know color anymore, neither should the schools.

      July 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kat

    For the first time in my life, I'm proud of this country."
    Michele Obama, on the campaign trail with her husband, Barack.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Henry Miller

    So discriminating against whites is okay, it's just discriminating against blacks that's a no-no?

    What happened to the Fourteenth Amendment?

    "...nor shall any State ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

    Did they amend the amendment to make it permissible to deny whites "the equal protection of the laws?" Wow...

    July 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nojustice

    Racism means nothing without power. Reverse racism! What a bunch of $%&!!!!

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

      thats a load of bs. WHat you are doing is trying to redfine what the word "racist" means. Racism itself has nothing to do with the ability to afflict on another– racism is in the mind, and racist actions manifest in deeds that stem from thought. What you really mean to say is "we are a minority, therefore, white people deserve to be discriminated against." That, my friend, is the REAL definition of racist. Congrats.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Merit_guy

    Been reading these posts. Understand a few things. Pre-judging a person is a result of a several things. Among those are:
    1. Most important-Ignorance
    2. Fear
    3. Children learn from adults
    4. Any questions?
    5. Answer: Learn to treat a person based on character and nothing else

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

      EXACTLY, and that's why it's infuriating that these INCOMPETENT JUDGES ignored the law and common sense by reinforcing a standard that requires colleges to give preferential treatment based on race (ie. RACISM).

      July 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jason

    It's because these liberal activist judges fail to realize that the reason why blacks are "underrepresented" universities if they are required to meet the same standards as everyone else on gpa and s.a.ts is because they are less intelligent than white people. Yes, I know, so racist to say that, but the world shows it– they fail on every iq test/ college admissions test/ employment test out there in comparison to whites and asians. So, instead of requiring them to have to earn their spot like everyone else, the bar is lower for them because we all supposedly benefit off of the dumbing down of our educations systems simply for having more skin color diversity on campus. Ridiculous. Blacks are failing at firefighter exams, and then these nut courts are ruling that the test must be biased and award blacks millions of dollars for failing a test. The assumption is that they failed, therefore the test itself was discriminatory. Outrageous. God help this country.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RonnieReagan

      While I agree with you on a general level, there are exceptions to these guidelines and your post should have reflected that.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls817

      I'm not so sure that black people are inherently less intelligent; but there is certainly a problem with ghetto culture, which is largely black. That culture doesn't value education – in fact it openly discourages it. This is a problem that so-called black leaders ignore, preferring to blame poor economic condtions on "racism".

      July 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • keylargo

      Jason, you really don't understand this issue, you could do some reading on the history of Affirmative Action, if you chose to. I suspect you'll just go on living in your uninformed racist world.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      The level of ignorance being displayed in these comments are precisely why there is a perception that affirmative action needs to exist. You try to reason with a self-efficacy that seems quite delusional. The notion that any one race is more intelligent than another is so wholly ignorant that it warrants being completely ignored. There is a pattern of denial and unfair treatment in this country that people not subject to the abuse would rather ignore and try to blame it on other things like the absence of an education or an unwillingness to learn. If you would simply pick up a legitimate resource and read it you would see that there are far too many places where children, of all races, in this country do not even have enough textbooks for each student in class. You don't think those children are disadvantaged when compared to others that have plenty. Why even complain about those that are trying to improve their lives by furthering their education, even if their GPA might be lower than their non-affirmatively acted upon counterparts. At some point in our lives, we should all know disadvantage so we will not be so quick to judge those faced with a similar problem. Also, for the record, test scores are not the definitive measure of one's ability. People can and do cheat on exams. Additionally, last moron that declared one race was better than another got his backside and cropped mustache handed to him.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Affirmative Action = government-supported reverse racism.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hamilton

    How do you even catgeorize people anymore by race? Do you get more preferential treatment if you're 20% this or that or 60% this or that? It should be based on income and place of residence, then it would be race-less.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trollie McTrollenstein

    @whoever it was that spewed crime percentages: Its not racism getting people hassled by cops, its culture. That black dude that got pulled over, got pulled over because he chose to make himself look like a gangster. Wow! I got pulled over cause I look like a trouble maker! You didnt pull that white dude over whos dressed in a suit and tie over? Youre racist! Guess what, the other black dude, the asian, and the indian wearing the same shirt and tie didnt get pulled over either. Why? Not racism. Try not looking like a criminal. The white dude that looks like a meth zombie is going to get pulled over too. Its how you present yourself, not your race. Stop making excuses for your poor choices.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      That's true. You sure don't see a lot of racism exhibited toward asians do you? They have brown skin too. Some of them are darker than a lot of black people, yet they don't cry racism. You know why? Because they don't use racism as an excuse to explain their failures. They come here and get educated, work hard, and achieve. They have low crime rates and low social dependency rates. That is why few people have a problem with them. Black people in general fail to thrive everywhere they are in the world: universally high crime rates, high illiteracy rates, high aids rates, high poverty rates, etc. Without fail– everywhere in the world where they exist from Africa, to Haiti to the US. It is because of their behaviors that people grow to not like black people.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ron

    i am happy although the 8 th inning. and recession. i am happy that finally my american born fellow citizens are starting to at least question multi culturlisim. repel it. and stop it.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gfg

    soo what i got out of it was:

    judges opnion>state citizens opinion

    July 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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