Supreme Court upholds power of states to ban affirmative action

by Rebecca Shabad - The Hill
April 22, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in the college admissions process.

In a 6-2 ruling, the justices said Michigan voters had the right to change their state’s constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from considering race.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the plurality opinion in the case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Kennedy said the justices determined they do not have the authority to override the will of Michigan voters when it comes to affirmative action.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jim says:

    Someday soon the color of your skin won’t work. There were 300,000-400,000 Irish, Scots, and Brits sold into white slavery two hundred years before the Black slave trade. You don’t see any affirmative action for them.

  • metheoldsarge says:

    I can think of a few people who must fuming over this.

  • iamus says:

    If your want to be race neutral, and really have all Americans treated equally, this is a good start.

  • floramae says:

    Affirmative Action was a pos, in he first place!!

  • CTH says:

    It is a shame that the Supreme Court justices do not always recognize the limitation on their power that the constitution imposes. Too often they seem to forget that.

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