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Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 9:36 am •  Published: April 22, 2014

DETROIT — The Supreme Court has upheld a ban on using race in admissions to Michigan’s public university.

The court was divided on the case, which overturns a 6th Circuit Court decision.

The opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, says the case is not about race admissions policies but about whether voters in a state can choose to prohibit consideration of racial preferences.

“The plurality opinion stresses that the case is not about the constitutionality or the merits of race conscious admission policies in higher education. Rather, the question concerns whether, and in what manner, voters in a state may choose to prohibit consideration of such racial preferences,” Kennedy wrote. “Where states have prohibited race-conscious admissions policies, universities have responded by experimenting with a wide variety of alternative approaches. ... The decision by Michigan voters reflects the ongoing national dialogue about such practices.”


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