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ACLU, U-M React To U.S. Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

Apr 22, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.

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Mark Fancher is ACLU staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project.

"If you want to advocate for affirmative action, now, into the foreseeable future,  it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fancher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."

Fancher says only then would you be able to ask a university admissions committee to consider race among many factors in choosing incoming freshmen.

The University of Michigan says the ruling has no effect on its policies, which already comply with Proposal 2.