NAACP Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action
April 23, 2014
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. In a recent 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 -- a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan – is indeed constitutional. The ruling specifically prohibits students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.
From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO:
“The Supreme Court’s decision embraces discrimination and rejects diversity. It’s in our nation’s best interest to ensure talented students from all backgrounds get a close look and a fair shot at overcoming obstacles to educational opportunity. The NAACP is committed to fighting Michigan’s constitutional amendment at the ballot box and helping other states advance diversity in higher education.”
From Hilary Shelton, the Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and the Sr. VP of Policy & Advocacy:
“The NAACP is outraged with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Michigan’s ban on the use of equal opportunity programs such as affirmative action as race conscious solutions must be available for racially discriminatory problems. As we approach the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education, we are reminded that there remain challenges to securing educational opportunities for all Americans regardless of race or ethnicity. The Supreme Court has impeded our country’s efforts to address the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education and puts the access of future generations to high quality and well-rounded education in serious jeopardy.”
From Yvonne White, President of the NAACP Michigan State Conference:
“We want to see more of Michigan’s African-American and Hispanic students attending highly competitive schools, not fewer. We believe that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban on college affirmative action was a step in the wrong direction. “Proposal 2 means less diversity in our universities and fewer opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. We have an obligation to ensure that the pathway to a world-class education is available to all students. We’re a better, stronger and more efficient Michigan when we embrace diversity.”
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