2:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

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

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into the foreseeable future,  it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fancher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."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.

ACLU of Michigan Racial Justice Project staff attorney mark Fancher says other groups that get preferential treatment from college admissions committees don't have the burden of having to mount a successful ballot campaign to overturn a constitutional amendment.

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