affirmative action http://michiganradio.org en The University of Michigan wants more black students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-wants-more-black-students <p>The University of Michigan has a race problem.</p><p>“Open it up! Or we’ll shut it down!” chanted half a dozen black students at the Board of Regents meeting yesterday.</p><p>Their frustrations are getting national attention.&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Student union has led protests on campus and online.</p><p>Their #BBUM Twitter campaign (Being Black at U of M) has gone&nbsp;viral.&nbsp;</p><p>They’re fed up, they say, by a school that boasts about a diverse community, yet where just roughly 5% of some 28,000 undergraduate students are black.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Kate Wells 16547 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan wants more black students Lessenberry talks shutdown, same-sex marriage and affirmative action http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-shutdown-same-sex-marriage-and-affirmative-action <p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss how Michiganders were<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-tabs-how-shutdown-affecting-michigan"> affected </a>by the 16-day partial government shutdown, a federal judge&#39;s delay on a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-marriage-case-headed-trial">decision over same-sex marriage</a> in Michigan, and how the U.S. Supreme Court is looking at a Michigan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-affirmative-action-ban-faces-supreme-court-scrutiny">affirmative action case.</a></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:20:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 14872 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks shutdown, same-sex marriage and affirmative action Michigan affirmative action ban faces Supreme Court scrutiny http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-affirmative-action-ban-faces-supreme-court-scrutiny <p>A crowd marched yesterday on the United States Supreme Court. The rally drew people from Detroit and other parts of Michigan.</p><p>They chanted: &ldquo;What do we want?&rdquo; &ldquo;Affirmative action!&rdquo; &ldquo;When do we want it?&rdquo; &ldquo;Now!&rdquo; and &ldquo;They say &lsquo;Jim Crow!&rsquo;&rdquo; &ldquo;We say, &lsquo;hell no!&rsquo;&rsquo;&rsquo;</p><p>&ldquo;They say &lsquo;Jim Crow!&rsquo;&rdquo; &ldquo;We say, &lsquo;hell no!&rsquo;&rsquo;</p><p>The protest was aimed at Michigan&rsquo;s ban on affirmative action in university admissions. It was approved by voters in 2006. And it took place as the Supreme Court heard a legal challenge to the amendment.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:03:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 14859 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan affirmative action ban faces Supreme Court scrutiny What's going on with the affirmative action ban? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-going-affirmative-action-ban <p>It&#39;s called Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.</p><p>That&#39;s the case that has once again put Michigan in the spotlight of the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p>Michigan&#39;s attorney general Bill Schuette was at the nation&#39;s highest court, defending the constitutionality of Proposal 2, which bans the use of affirmative action in admissions at public universities in Michigan, a constitutional amendment that passed by 58% of the state&#39;s voters in 2006.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network Lansing Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta has been covering today&#39;s arguments before the Supreme Court and he joined us today from Washington.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:08:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14863 at http://michiganradio.org What's going on with the affirmative action ban? We're following today's affirmative action hearing in U.S. Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/were-following-todays-affirmative-action-hearing-us-supreme-court <p>Refresh this page for updates from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/MBrush/supreme-court-hears-case-on-michigan-s-affirmative/embed" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowTransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/MBrush/supreme-court-hears-case-on-michigan-s-affirmative.js" type="text/javascript" language="javascript"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/MBrush/supreme-court-hears-case-on-michigan-s-affirmative" target="_blank">View the story "Supreme Court hears case on Michigan's affirmative action ban" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:41:55 +0000 Mark Brush 14846 at http://michiganradio.org We're following today's affirmative action hearing in U.S. Supreme Court What's fair? Challenging the affirmative action ban in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-fair-challenging-affirmative-action-ban-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on the constitutionality of Michigan&rsquo;s affirmative action ban. The justices aren&rsquo;t expected to announce a decision till next spring. And most of the so-called experts are betting that the Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional amendment banning affirmative action, the one voters passed by a wide margin seven years ago.</span></p><p>They think the vote will be 5-3, and that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the swing vote. Well, they may be right. But none of the experts ever dreamed that the swing vote in the court&rsquo;s ruling on the Affordable Care Act would be that of Chief Justice John Roberts, and that he would find it constitutional on the grounds that it was actually a tax. So you never really know.</p><p>This issue is more complicated than many people on either side think. &nbsp;I can sympathize with those opposing affirmative action. Giving someone special treatment because their ethnic background or the color of their skin, sounds terribly unfair. Unfair whether we are talking about discriminating for them or against them. Except -- it&rsquo;s not that simple. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:48:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14841 at http://michiganradio.org What's fair? Challenging the affirmative action ban in Michigan Supreme Court to hear challenge to Michigan's affirmative action ban today http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-hear-challenge-michigans-affirmative-action-ban-today <p>For the second time in a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Michigan&rsquo;s university admissions policies are constitutional.</p><p>Ten years ago, the challenge was to the University of Michigan&rsquo;s use of affirmative action to ensure diversity on campus.</p><p>Today, civil rights groups will argue against the state&rsquo;s voter-approved ban on affirmative action.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jennifer </span>Gratz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was here in Washington a decade ago.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:01:37 +0000 Rick Pluta 14839 at http://michiganradio.org Supreme Court to hear challenge to Michigan's affirmative action ban today 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 The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action, meningitis and Detroit EM http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-affirmative-action-meningitis-and-detroit-em <p>In this week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss Michigan’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-affirmative-action-case-supreme-court">affirmative action case</a> being taken up in the U.S. Supreme Court, how Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an in-depth <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-grand-jury-investigate-steroid-illnesses-deaths-0">investigation</a> into the meningitis outbreak, and what Kevyn Orr has done in his first week as emergency manager for Detroit.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:56:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 11882 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action, meningitis and Detroit EM Commentary: Race and admissions http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-race-and-admissions <p>Twenty years or so ago, I got up the nerve to ask the late Coleman Young, the controversial and acid-tongued mayor of Detroit, why affirmative action was necessary.</p><p>Nobody ever thought of Mayor Young as shy, retiring or diplomatic, and I was fully prepared for a caustic and profane reply. But he instead grew almost philosophical.</p><p>He mentioned a case where white students were complaining that affirmative action in college admissions gave an unfair advantage to lesser qualified students of color.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:31:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11864 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Race and admissions In this morning's news: Affirmative action, Flint wants to remove EM, balancing Lansing's budget http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-affirmative-action-flint-wants-remove-em-balancing-lansings-budget <p><strong>U.S. Supreme Court looks at affirmative action case in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The U.S. Supreme Court will <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-affirmative-action-case-supreme-court">review Michigan’s ban</a> on race- and gender-based affirmative action in university admissions. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is defending the amendment to the state constitution. It was adopted by voters in 2006," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Flint City Council takes steps to remove EM</strong></p><p>"The Flint City Council is asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager and phase out state control of its finances. The council unanimously approved a measure last night to request a state-appointed transition board to oversee the city’s finances," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-asks-governor-begin-process-away-emergency-manager">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Lansing Mayor wants residents to pay more for utilities to help with city budget </strong></p><p>"Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants to close the city’s looming budget deficit by asking city utility customers to pay another $46 a year. Bernero delivered his $112 million proposed budget to the city council last night," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-wants-city-utility-customers-help-close-citys-projected-budget-deficit">reports.</a></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:45:40 +0000 Emily Fox 11863 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Affirmative action, Flint wants to remove EM, balancing Lansing's budget University of Michigan affirmative action case at the Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-affirmative-action-case-supreme-court <p></p><p>Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert to another affirmative action case, agreeing to hear a case involving the University of Michigan's effort to ban consideration of race in college admissions.</p><p>The case has been added to the list the Court will begin hearing in their next session which will begin in October.</p><p>The justices are already considering a challenge to a University of Texas program that takes account of race, among other factors.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta joined Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty to explain what this means for both cases.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:55:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 11852 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan affirmative action case at the Supreme Court Michigan Attorney General asks U.S. Supreme Court to decide affirmative action ban http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-asks-us-supreme-court-decide-affirmative-action-ban <p>State Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action.</p><p>Schuette filed to submit the case to the land’s highest court Thursday.</p><p>Last month, a lower court threw out a voter-approved state ban on affirmative action.</p><p>Joy Yearout is a spokesperson for the attorney general.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:04:37 +0000 Jake Neher 10150 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General asks U.S. Supreme Court to decide affirmative action ban Will minority enrollment increase after federal court ruling? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-minority-enrollment-increase-after-federal-court-ruling <p>On Thursday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Michigan’s 2006 constitutional ban on affirmative action unconstitutional.</p><p>Some argue that the ruling will have a major impact on minority enrollment at the state’s public universities.</p><p>Monica Smith, a lawyer opposed to the affirmative action ban, began attending Wayne State Law School a year before it took effect, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/11/after_court_strikes_down_affir.html">MLive reports</a>.</p><p>The following year, the number of incoming black students was cut in half, Smith says.</p><p>She thinks this recent court ruling should transform the admissions process:</p><blockquote><p>"This means a lot to me," said Smith. "This means that my brother, my cousins, other people in Detroit, the Latino and black students can go to Wayne State Law School and Medical School."</p><p>"I graduated from the University of Michigan. I graduated from Wayne State Law School. My brother graduated from Michigan State University. All because of affirmative action," she said. "I am 100 percent a product of affirmative action. Not because I'm not 100 percent qualified to be there. But because all three of those universities couldn't discriminate against me or my brother or other similarly situated people."</p></blockquote><p>Despite yesterday’s victory, Smith and other opponents of the ban will have to wait before they see any significant changes.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:48:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9965 at http://michiganradio.org Will minority enrollment increase after federal court ruling? The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-8 <p>This week Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss how Michigan will comply with the Affordable Care Act, and how the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Michigan's constitutional ban on affirmative action <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-michigan-affirmative-action-ban">does not hold up</a> under the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause. Lessenberry also remembered the late former first lady, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-first-lady-helen-milliken-dies-89">Helen Millikin. </a></p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:52:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 9956 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Federal appeals court strikes down Michigan affirmative action ban http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-michigan-affirmative-action-ban <p><strong>Update 4:03 p.m.</strong></p><p>A full panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals <a href="http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/12a0386p-06.pdf">ruled that Michigan's constitutional ban on affirmative action does not hold up under the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause</a> (14th amendment).</p><p>Last year's Sixth Circuit ruling was 2-1. An appeal was made to a full panel of judges.</p><p>Today's ruling striking the ban down was 8-7.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:03:46 +0000 The Associated Press & Mark Brush 9940 at http://michiganradio.org Federal appeals court strikes down Michigan affirmative action ban