WASHINGTON — In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.
The 6-to-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the use of race in admissions or to consider race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity.
States that forbid affirmative action in higher education, like Florida and California, as well as Michigan, have seen a significant drop in the enrollment of black and Hispanic students in their most selective colleges and universities. Continue reading the main story Related in Opinion
In five separate opinions spanning more than 100 pages, the justices set out starkly conflicting views. The justices in the majority, with varying degrees of vehemence, said that policies affecting minorities that do not involve intentional discrimination should be decided at the ballot box rather than in the courtroom.
For more extensive coverage on this ruling, please browse the links below:
- Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling (The New York Times)
- Answers on Affirmative Action Depend on How You Pose the Question (The New York Times)
- The Supreme Court deals a blow to affirmative action (The Washington Post)
- 5 takeaways from affirmative-action ruling (POLITICO)
- Supreme Court Upholds Bans on Racial Preferences in College Admissions (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- How Has Mich.’s Ban on Affirmative Action Affected Minority Enrollment? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions (The Ann Arbor News)
- Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling prompts passionate reaction on both sides of issue (The Ann Arbor News)
- Affirmative action ruling: AG Schuette calls decision 'monumental' and victory for 'citizens of Michigan' (The Ann Arbor News)
- Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling 'blindly ignores biases,' says Detroit congressman (The Ann Arbor News)
- Supreme Court shuts door on affirmative action in Michigan: What's next for U-M? (The Ann Arbor News)
- Rochelle Riley: High court only deals with one side of race issue in admissions ruling (Detroit Free Press)
- Stephen Henderson: I am affirmative action (Detroit Free Press)
- Editorial: Michigan must forge new path to equal opportunity (Detroit Free Press)
- Schuette: Supreme Court 'made the right call' on affirmative action (Detroit Free Press)
- Laura Berman: Affirmative action ruling jeopardizes Michigan's progress against inequality (The Detroit News)
- Affirmative action ruling may push more state votes to limit race considerations (The Detroit News)
- Michigan's college admissions fight far from over (The Detroit News)
- The New York Times Coverage on Affirmative Action