The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a challenge to Michigan’s Proposal 2. Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, argued the case before the court.
Proposal 2 is a 2006 ballot measure that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies, effectively creating two separate and unequal systems for determining the admissions criteria used at state universities.
“This case is ultimately about whether minority students will be allowed to compete on the same playing field as other students. Right now, there are two separate playing fields with two separate rulebooks,” said Rosenbaum. “Minority students and those who support a diverse student body should not have to overturn a constitutional amendment to have their voices heard in the admissions process when everyone else can simply lobby the university.”
Under Proposal 2, donors, athletic officials, church groups, alumni, and others can lobby universities to have their constituents’ affiliations or experiences – such as legacy or athletic achievement – considered in admissions decisions, but students cannot ask that race be considered.
This article was originally posted by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. For the full article please visit http://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/supreme-court-hears-oral-arguments-challenge-michigans-proposal-2