Action Stays Alive After Supreme Court Rules In University of Michigan
Over the strenuous objective of Justice Clarence Thomas
and his conservative cohorts on the Supreme Court, affirmative action
programs will not dismantled -- yet. In a pair of closely watched
cases involving the University of Michigan, the Supreme Court:
(1) upheld the use of race as one factor (among others)
to achieve diversity in college admissions;
(2) struck down the use of a scoring system to benefit minority
applicants to college;
(3) set a 25-year deadline on the need for affirmative action to
achieve the goals of diversity and equal opportunity.
In spite of the mixed ruling, supporters of the University
of Michigans affirmative action programs hailed the courts
verdict that race-conscious policies are constitutionally valid
and continue to be necessary in American society.
CBTU President Bill Lucy said, Conservatives
who had hoped the court would use this case to strike a fatal blow
to affirmative action programs that benefit students, workers and
government contractors will have to postpone their celebration
at least for a generation. By upholding the principle of race-conscious
programs, the Supreme Court has restored a ray of hope to millions
of students, workers and contractors alarmed by the Bush administrations
reckless attack on civil rights.
Even though the White House had filed a brief opposing
the University of Michigans admissions program (calling it
a quota program), that did not stop President Bush from
trying to claim the High Courts decision as a victory. In
a statement, he said, I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing
the value of diversity on our nations campuses. Diversity
is one of Americas greatest strengths.
Lucy called Bushs shameless hypocrisy on affirmative
action an admission by his reelection team that this issue
could hurt him with minority voters next fall. But if Bush tries
that flip-flop trick, it wont work, because real supporters
of affirmative action like CBTU wont let Bush run away from
his record of deceit, division and deficits.
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