A federal appeals court today struck down a voter-approved measure that made it against the law to use race and/or gender as a factor in college admissions. In this landmark 2-1 decision, a proposal that changed policies for admission to the University of Michigan (Proposal 2) will be off the books because it violated the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.
According to “USA Today,” attorney George Washington (some name, huh?) said, “Affirmative action is now legal in college admissions in Michigan and that means thousands of black, Latin and native American students who would have been excluded from our best undergraduate and graduate programs will now be admitted.”
Proposal 2 had passed in 2006 with 58% of the votes. In a way, one can draw some parallels between the fight to overturn Proposition 8 in California. Prop 8, which marginally drew more votes opposing same-sex marriage in California, is now being successfully challenged in the courts by the prolific attorney team of Ted Olson and David Boies (the lawyers who opposed each other in BUSH v. GORE).
What do you think of this change in Michigan and how do you think it will impact admission to the University of Michigan? Let us know your thoughts by posting below! And check out the “USA Today” article on race and college admissions.
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