Michigan – Voters say it is a huge victory for the state of Michigan as well as Caucasian students that are seeking admission into universities.
Today, April 22, 2014 the U.S Supreme Court upheld a constitutional amendment in Michigan that bans the use of race-based preferences in the admissions decisions to public universities.
Jesse Jackson said it is not fair to hold back young brothers and sisters just because they cannot graduate in the top 20 percent of their class.
University administrators said what is not fair is when a student is at the top of their class, and that student gets side stepped because of affirmative action.
The U.S Supreme Court said no one should be accepted into a university based on the color of their skin, the black community should have to adhere to the same academic standards as every other student.
In 2006 the ban on affirmative action was passed by 58 percent of Michigan voters, but was later overruled by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. That vote has now been upheld after the U.S Supreme Court said the Sixth Circuit Court judges were completely wrong in their decision.
Voters said during a rally today that if blacks do not hold the grades to be accepted into a university they should not be allowed in, period.
“Whites are required to hold the grades and pass all required admittance testing, so the black community should have to do the same,” said Rose Smaller. “This is not about black and white, it is about right and wrong, and giving someone admittance that is not in the top 20th percentile then bypassing those who are just to meet a quota is completely wrong.” Adding, “Would you allow a doctor to perform brain surgery if he were not qualified but could throw a football? I think not!”
“This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” said Justice Kennedy. “There is no authority in the Constitution of the United States or in this Court’s precedents for the Judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit this policy determination to the voters.”
“Deliberative debate on sensitive issues such as racial preferences all too often may shade into rancor. But that does not justify removing certain court-determined issues from the voters’ reach.”
The ban will strictly prohibit universities from allowing those with below average grades from being admitted based solely on their athletic ability. The ban will also prohibit the granting of financial aid to someone based on the color of their skin.
The question on everyone’s mind now is:
Will other states follow suit?