Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Move For an Overturn Begins

The people of the State of Michigan spoke clearly about Affirmative Action last November and banned it for most government programs. Some schools have requested a one year delay in implementing it for students who applied under the old rules, but already some "civil rights" groups have begun the process of having the vote by the people ruled null and void.

The ACLU and the NAACP are mounting a legal challenge, that the Supreme Court Decision that allowed Affirmative Action trumps the voting by the people of Michigan and that the UofM must continue to practice affirmative action.

It is it really about diversity? I don't think so. You can have both ethnic and philosophical diversity almost entirely from the best students. The belief that an individual from one group or another cannot compete with individuals from the other groups is racist in itself.

Some of the better schools in California have found a workable alternative, in which the students test scores are compared not only to the rest of the state, but also to rest of their school, so that the top students from any schools, regardless of the quality of that school, have a shot at being admitted. It is imperfect of course, but it would probably work better than affirmative action does.

Oh and this:

Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit chapter of NAACP, said the case is not meant to defy the wishes of Michigan citizens who voted in favor of Proposal 2, the constitutional amendment that outlaws preferential treatment for women and minorities in government hiring, contracting and university admissions. It is meant to force an interpretation on the law.

It sounds to me like he is defying our wishes.

4 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Sounds to me like Anthony is defying your wishes too, Shoprat. What a total crock of bs. Liberals are so good at ignoring the Constitution when it doesn't suit them, and using it when it does. Hypocrites, pure and simple.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I think waiting until next year to implement it is fair, since we are half way thru the admission process already and it would require a do-ever of thousands of applications, but fair is fair. The ACLU and the NAACP can't win this, so I think that come next year this will be the law whether they like it or not.

12:57 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Math SAT results are broken down at
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2005/nativetrends/ind_4_9.asp
which in summary reveal for US HS grads:
Asian 577
White 531
American Indian 488
Hispanic,Latino, Mexican 452-465
Black 427
So, for whatever reasons, the college applicant's readiness is skewed from their percentage of
population. Under a quota system, the top groups are penalized, the lower receive favoritism. Since
SATs are only one factor, and not
always a reliable one, some colleges have minimized or done away with them. The trend towards
'diversity' hit a bump when highly qualified students at Law School were rejected to meet such quotas.
Most students can get into college, however, just not the high tier U's. The latter have always been academically restrictive and properly so. One obvious solution lies in addressing the cultural backgrounds and the K-12 experience. In the interim, academia will continued to get sued by both ends....

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm sad when an organization of any type can turn around an issue on which the people voted against. especially in the area of Affirmative Action. we'll have to watch this and see how it goes. hopefully the courts will not stand for this type of end around..

4:37 PM  

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