WASHINGTON, D.C. – Affirmative action took a punch to the gut in Washington when the Supreme Court ruled that it’s okay for colleges to ban racial criteria in their admission process.
Officially they upheld Michigan’s voter-approved law that prevents public colleges from granting favors or reserving a certain percentage of positions for anyone based on race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin.
Hmm, wonder what President Johnson would say about that? During his presidency the most sweeping civil rights reform was enacted.
In that speech, LBJ pretty much defined affirmative action, some called it reverse discrimination; but it’s been championed as the best way to secure racial diversity.
In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said minority enrollment will decline at Michigan’s public universities, just as it has in California and other states where similar action has been taken.
In her words, “the numbers do not lie.”