Affirmative Action Ban Lifted by Michigan Courts

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Since 2006 there has been an affirmative action ban in the state of Michigan, but as of today, that ban has been ended by the courts. The New York Times reports specifically that in “ the decade-long battle over the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policies, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday struck down a 2006 state ban on the consideration of race and gender in admissions.”

The ban was a part of the state constitution and was known as Proposal 2. It was effective in the area of government hiring in addition to admission to public schools and universities. In the words of the Michigan State Constitution, they were trying to prevent “preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”

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