Affirmative action lost a major battle this week. In a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a majority of voters in Michigan to end affirmative action in the state. The Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case has given opponents of affirmative action a powerful weapon. This case says majority rules in a land of minorities.
Given the philosophy and political outlook of our Supreme Court—and we say “our” with some reservations, particularly in view of the more recent rulings—Black Americans should not be surprised that they have once again let us know where they stand on matters of race by upholding Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor for admission into college. Simply put, affirmative action has received the same rejection as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, in which a vital provision was eviscerated.
There have been a good many disappointing decisions to come from the Supreme Court in recent years.
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