Michigan Civil Rights Initiative http://michiganradio.org en Michigan case could be the next affirmative action test for US Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-case-could-be-next-affirmative-action-test-us-supreme-court <p>Michigan’s state constitutional amendment barring racial preferences in university admissions and other public institutions might be the next major case dealing with affirmative action laws in the United States.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court decided today <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/us/affirmative-action-decision.html?_r=0">not to decide a Texas affirmative action case</a> where a white student challenged the University of Texas’s admission policy that includes race as one of its deciding factors.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:04:32 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 13209 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan case could be the next affirmative action test for US Supreme Court Michigan's 'Prop 2' going before a federal court on Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-prop-2-going-federal-court-wednesday <p>The U.S. Circuit Court in Cincinnati will hear arguments tomorrow&nbsp;about&nbsp;Michigan&#39;s&nbsp;constitutional&nbsp;amendment barring&nbsp;state&nbsp;universities from considering an applicant&rsquo;s race in college admissions.</p><p>Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved &lsquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Civil_Rights_Initiative">proposition 2&rsquo;</a> in 2006. The amendment bars state colleges and other publicly funded institutions from considering an applicant&rsquo;s minority status.</p><p>Mark Rosenbaum is with the American Civil Liberties Union. He says Prop 2 violates the U.S. Constitution by forbidding the consideration of race, while other factors like whether a college applicant&rsquo;s parent is an alumnus, are&nbsp;still permitted.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s un-American because it removes &lsquo;racial identity&rsquo; from the vocabulary of a democracy,&quot; says Rosenbaum.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, a federal appellate court ruled against Prop 2.&nbsp; Joy Yearout is with the Michigan Attorney General&rsquo;s office.&nbsp; She says&nbsp;the&nbsp;Attorney General finds a serious problem with that ruling.</p><p>&ldquo;The U.S. Court of Appeals said that by banning racial discrimination it somehow perpetuates discrimination,&quot; says&nbsp;Yearout, &quot;And if that sounds crazy to you, there&rsquo;s a reason.&nbsp; It just doesn&rsquo;t make any sense.&rdquo;</p><p>The case may eventually end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 21:44:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 6525 at http://michiganradio.org