Thursday, April 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that a State Can Ban Racial Affirmative Action in Public University Admissions: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

The U.S. Supreme Court holding Tuesday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action reported at SCOTUSblog is a blow to civil rights advocates (see Adam Liptak at the New York Times in Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action), upholding a Michigan constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in state public university admissions. However, it would seem to this observer that the majority of the Court is right on the law in recognizing that affirmative action on the basis of race is problematical and that individual States have the power to ban it.

For those doubting the wisdom of the Court's decision, consider forcing college and university college basketball teams to affirmatively prefer less talented white players for school admission in order to reduce the disproportional number of blacks -- even if they were better players -- on such athletic teams.

In such a case, a white player could  -- presumably accurately -- even argue that growing up in an exclusively white and/or affluent area with little emphasis on basketball could have hurt his chances of being better at that sport, as opposed to black payers who grew up in predominantly black and/or poor but basketball-strong neighborhoods.

ANY background has advantages and disadvantages,
but college admissions is not the place to try to even out such societal problems.

BETTER EDUCATION from the very start is the place where that must be done, to which end the country still has a long way to go to balance out the massive inequalities of wealth and income that exist throughout the nation, inequalities which greatly prohibit the exercise of equal opportunity at all levels, with race being only one factor of the inequality equation.


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