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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions
Mlive.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Kellie Woodhouse

Posted on 04/22/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's controversial ban on affirmative action in public college admissions in a divided opinion released Tuesday morning, preserving a status quo that's contributed to dwindling minority enrollment at the state's flagship colleges.


The high court's decision is a blow to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which has come under fire for low minority enrollment.


Blacks comprise just 4.6 percent of undergraduates this year, compared to 8.9 percent in 1995 and 7 percent in 2006.


University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.


"It's impossible," Spencer said in a recent interview, "to achieve diversity on a regular basis if race cannot be used as one of many factors."


Fifty-eight percent of Michigan voters in 2006 passed Proposal 2, a ballot initiative that amended the state constitution and made it illegal for state entities to consider race in admissions and hiring. With the Supreme Court's ruling, the only way left to nullify Proposal 2 is to mount a long, expensive and uncertain campaign to overturn it.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: affirmativeaction; collegeadmissions; colleges; michigan; racialpreferences; scotus; supremecourt
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Good news when so little news is good.
1 posted on 04/22/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
We win a big one.

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2 posted on 04/22/2014 7:29:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The really good news is it was 6-2.


3 posted on 04/22/2014 7:30:56 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: cripplecreek

“University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.”

How kind of them to want to ‘help’ out all those poor stupid folks who can’t get in otherwise. Golly gee seems to me that IF they cannot attract folks to their college/university then maybe they ought to try looking harder.

Michigan public schools are miserable just like California’s. No wonder people don’t ‘qualify’ to get into the state university when the teachers unions have so ill prepared them for life and future education


4 posted on 04/22/2014 7:31:39 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: cripplecreek
"It's impossible," Spencer said in a recent interview, "to achieve diversity on a regular basis if race cannot be used as one of many factors."

There is so MUCH wrong in this statement and the twisted ways of their thinking, I just don't know where to begin....

5 posted on 04/22/2014 7:32:19 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: cripplecreek

6 posted on 04/22/2014 7:33:30 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: cripplecreek

>>>University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.

“It’s impossible,” Spencer said in a recent interview, “to achieve diversity on a regular basis if race cannot be used as one of many factors.”<<<

a) Why is “diversity” more important than excellence and fairness?
b) Why is it “impossible”? That statement sounds racist to me, as it assumes that students of certain “races” are inherently inferior and unable to compete.


7 posted on 04/22/2014 7:33:59 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: cripplecreek
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's controversial ban on affirmative action in public college admissions in a divided opinion

Actually a 6-2 dicision (one recusal) with this court is not that divided.

8 posted on 04/22/2014 7:34:15 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Nifster

“University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.””

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer should both be fired for putting diversity over education.

It’s the students who will suffer because Jamal cannot read and you have to pay 60 grand a year to subsidize Jamal.


9 posted on 04/22/2014 7:36:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Mouton
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and the court was divided 6-2, with justice Elena Kagan recusing herself from the case; she was the U.S. solicitor general when the case was before the lower courts.

The tone of the article is, to say the least, off-putting. By 2019 half of the children 18 and under will be minorities as defined by the USG, and by 2043 we will be a majority-minority country. Demographics will take care of the problem.

10 posted on 04/22/2014 7:36:38 AM PDT by kabar
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Dr Rob Steele for UofM Regent
11 posted on 04/22/2014 7:38:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Even small victories like this give us a ray of hope that we can beat back the leftist hordes ruining the country. I haven’t seen Jesse and the Rainbow Coalition lately. I think they’re overdue for a march.


12 posted on 04/22/2014 7:38:26 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: cripplecreek

“It’s impossible,” Spencer said in a recent interview, “to achieve diversity on a regular basis if race cannot be used as one of many factors.”

Impossible? Stunning statement to make. Maybe they should analyze why blacks don’t want to go to that college and start from there. Instead their answer is to use racism to achieve diversity. Incredible.


13 posted on 04/22/2014 7:38:46 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: EQAndyBuzz

agreed


14 posted on 04/22/2014 7:39:07 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: cripplecreek

That the people of Michigan are saying ‘we think that racism is wrong, that you should be judged by your achievements rather than the color of your skin.’

The University of Michigan is saying ‘we think that the only thing that matters is how many in a certain skin color group graduate each year.’

White students beware; if the University can’t figure out a way to control the front door, they’ll just have to start working on the other side. Is there a ban on affirmative action in grading in the state?


15 posted on 04/22/2014 7:40:14 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: cripplecreek

No one is stopping them except themselves.


16 posted on 04/22/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: cripplecreek
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's controversial ban on affirmative action
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's constitutional ban on affirmative action.
17 posted on 04/22/2014 7:41:37 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: cripplecreek
Next up is the outrage.

The night they burned Ann Arbor down

The Band - Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
18 posted on 04/22/2014 7:42:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
let this henceforth be known as


19 posted on 04/22/2014 7:43:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek
Blacks comprise just 4.6 percent of undergraduates this year, compared to 8.9 percent in 1995 and 7 percent in 2006.

Funny how Jews don't need affirmative action, and they suffered a mass extermination in Europe and extreme prejudice in this nation in the past century. Perhaps Blacks should stop complaining and start reading to their children.

20 posted on 04/22/2014 7:43:54 AM PDT by montag813
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To: cripplecreek

“It’s impossible,” Spencer said in a recent interview, “to achieve diversity on a regular basis if race cannot be used as one of many factors.”

EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS A UNIQUE UNIVERSE IN HIMSELF.

EVERYONE IS ALREADY 100% DIVERSE FROM EVERY OTHER INDIVIDUAL.

That’s our God-given individuality.

We are not clones as part of a group.

We are not numbers, we have individual names.

(end rant)


21 posted on 04/22/2014 7:44:30 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: cripplecreek

Controversial? Really?

Push-back against Leftist causes is always “controversial,” even when a majority of the public and, in this case, a strong majority of the Court agrees that affirmative discrimination is wrong.


22 posted on 04/22/2014 7:45:50 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: All
They were trying a new trick here in NYS. 80% of our prisoners were black (60%) or Latino (20%) (approx.).

:Cuomo said they should get a free college education while in prison.

New Yorkers weren't too happy about that idea.

Anyways, with Obama's new plan...half of them will be back on the streets soon....doing their same old dirty.

23 posted on 04/22/2014 7:47:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Mouton
The really good news is it was 6-2.

Let me guess, it was the two remaining hags, right?

And if Sandra Day O'Connor had been there, it would have been 3.

24 posted on 04/22/2014 7:47:22 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Mouton

That is incredible!


25 posted on 04/22/2014 7:49:11 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: KoRn

My thoughts exactly. DIVERSITY...is that a GOD I have not yet heard of?


26 posted on 04/22/2014 7:50:19 AM PDT by magna carta
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To: cripplecreek

GOOD. TIME TO DO THE SAME THING IN THE OTHER 49.

Racial preferences IS RACIST.


27 posted on 04/22/2014 7:50:25 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: kabar

2043? This nation won’t even exist in anywhere near it’s present form by then.


28 posted on 04/22/2014 7:50:29 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: KoRn

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-papa/gov-cuomo-announces-fundi_b_4799784.html


29 posted on 04/22/2014 7:50:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: cripplecreek
GOOD.

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.

AA has consequences, real consequences for those who are passed over in favor of the lesser qualified.

What about them? Why don't they matter?

I well know the consequences, I saw it in my own home when my daughter applied for colleges and saw those far below her in class ranking and test scores get accepted -- with full rides-- to colleges to which she had been rejected.

No one cares about the ones who are shut out. They don't matter to cultural marxists like Coleman and Spence; only racial head counts, not matter how unfair and unjust.

30 posted on 04/22/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: Starstruck
Actually a 6-2 dicision (one recusal) with this court is not that divided.

Right. It's a strong decision. Calling it divided is commie journalism.

31 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:04 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cripplecreek

“It’s impossible,” Spencer said in a recent interview, “to achieve diversity on a regular basis if race cannot be used as one of many factors.”

That about says it all, doesn’t it.


32 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:21 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kabar
By 2019 half of the children 18 and under will be minorities as defined by the USG, and by 2043 we will be a majority-minority country.

Only if they count George Zimmerman as non-white.

33 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:13 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cripplecreek
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.

Who cares? The school exists to EDUCATE, not foster "diversity". Ted Spencer and Mary Sue Coleman must be brain damaged.

34 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:22 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: KoRn

How will they ever achieve diversity in the NBA?


35 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:54 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Nifster
“University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying outright that the school cannot achieve a fully diverse student body with it in place.”

They seem to think that diversity is their primary objective.

36 posted on 04/22/2014 7:56:37 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Does the federal government qualify as a terrorist organization?)
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To: cripplecreek

So UofMI would rather have academically under-qualified students so they can brag of their diversity? Does that make sense at all?

Doesn’t MI have a number of less competitive, non “public Ivy,” colleges beyond UofMI ? Something wrong with going there?

In VA, as it turns out, grads of state school, George Mason Univ, do as well as - and better financially than - grads of the state’s “public Ivies,” WIlliam and Mary and UVA.


37 posted on 04/22/2014 7:58:53 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: cripplecreek

Kagen recused.


38 posted on 04/22/2014 8:00:24 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: cripplecreek

Just looked at the NY SLIMES article on the decision....it spent MOST of the space allotted quoting the LOWER COURT OPINIONS and judicial makeup....NOT the Supremes’ decision.


39 posted on 04/22/2014 8:01:58 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: cripplecreek

6-2 is “divided?? Huh.


40 posted on 04/22/2014 8:04:50 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

The appeals court decision that led us here was insane. They said that BAMN was too poor to win so they should win because they were poor.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2959958/posts


41 posted on 04/22/2014 8:04:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Mouton
The really good news is it was 6-2.

That is good.

Probably would have been 6-3, if Kagan didn't have to recuse herself.

Sotomayor's dissent was apparently a pile of convoluted nonsense regarding the different ways to change policies.

42 posted on 04/22/2014 8:05:00 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Agree. It ignores the “why” black students aren’t qualified in the first place. It is racist to say it is impossible. The underlying factor is the generational decay of family values in these communities. They’re perfectly capable human beings but so long as we celebrate the pop-culture that preaches harmful messages to our young there will be no change. For liberals, the “fix” is to admit unqualified candidates and force a system to “produce” minorities with a degree, which just lowers the standard and makes having a degree meaningless...which is unfair to those that graduate with meaningful knowledge.


43 posted on 04/22/2014 8:05:51 AM PDT by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
b) Why is it “impossible”? That statement sounds racist to me, as it assumes that students of certain “races” are inherently inferior and unable to compete.

Exactly!

44 posted on 04/22/2014 8:06:15 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: cripplecreek

“This case is not about the constitutionality, or the merits, of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education. Here, the principle that the consideration of race in admissions is permissible when certain conditions are met is not being challenged. Rather, the question concerns whether, and in what manner, voters in the States may choose to prohibit the consideration of such racial preferences...

...Unlike the injuries in Mulkey, Hunter, and Seattle, the question here is not how to address or prevent injury caused on account of race but whether voters may determine whether a policy of race-based preferences should be continued. By approving Proposal 2 and there-by adding §26 to their State Constitution, Michigan voters exercised their privilege to enact laws as a basic exercise of their democratic power, bypassing public officials they deemed not responsive to their concerns about a policy of granting race-based preferences.”

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf


45 posted on 04/22/2014 8:09:31 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: cripplecreek

“I have a pen and a phone”, therefore the federal government will not observe today’s incorrect Court decision” - Barrak Obama


46 posted on 04/22/2014 8:11:08 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: cripplecreek

Without affirmative action, where will the Racist Studies program, or the Gay/Lesbian Studies programs get their students?

Kids might want to study Engineering, or something, instead, and that simply cannot be allowed.


47 posted on 04/22/2014 8:11:49 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Starstruck

Kennedy, Roberts & Alito delivered the opinion. Scalia & Thomas had a concurring opinion, as did Breyer. Sotomayor and Ginsberg dissented.


48 posted on 04/22/2014 8:13:32 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: cripplecreek

Amen. Really good news. Maybe now we can start to restore the great Universities we once had. It was a six two decision as well a good solid majority.


49 posted on 04/22/2014 8:15:33 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
No mention of Asians and their representation, which exceeds their percentage of the population.

Although University of Michigan freshmen enrollment decreased slightly this fall, the Ann Arbor campus enrolled more graduates and undergraduates than ever before.

Total enrollment at the university is 43,426, a 1.7 percent increase that marks the largest student body in university history. Overall, there are 27,979 undergraduates and 15,447 graduate students.

Underrepresented minorities make up 10 percent of the freshmen class, a 0.5 percent decrease from 2011 and a 0.6 percent decrease from 2010.

Overall, there are 2,207 blacks, 1,785 latinos, 442 Native Americans and 81 Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders enrolled. At 5,689 students, Asian Americans, who are not considered underrepresented, make up 13.1 percent of the school's total student body.

This year 13.5 percent of the student body —5,881 students— are considered international, an increase of roughly five percent from last year.

U-M first- and second-year undergraduate tuition this year is $12,994 for Michigan residents and $39,122 for out-of-state students.

50 posted on 04/22/2014 8:16:02 AM PDT by kabar
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