Supreme Court to hear Michigan affirmative action case
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 00:10
Is it constitutional that some people are given advantages based on race or gender?
The U.S. Supreme Court is going to answer that question when it decides the fate of Michigan’s Proposal 2, or Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), and California’s Proposition 209, which perfectly mirrors the Michigan regulation.
Both edicts prohibit public programs such as universities from allowing preferential treatment based on race and gender. It’s clear the Supreme Court should uphold these laws and that its decision will hopefully aide the spread of similar statutes to other states such as Texas.
So-called “affirmative action” programs are commonplace among universities that want a highly diverse student body. From admission and scholarships to certain organizations, each affirmative action program feigns equality while clearly discriminating by race or sex.
The flawed logic that a person’s skin color or gender entitles them to advantages not available to the rest of the student body are clear examples of both racist and sexist mindsets.
This also serves to only perpetuate the myth that women and minorities need special preferences to compete with the “common” white male.
These programs should support fairness over favoritism and aide the individuals truly in need. Those receiving help should be determined by who deserves it instead of being based on an aspect beyond one’s control.
Affirmative action programs are not only unjust, but very costly as well. Each year millions of tax dollars fund multiple programs only supporting select minorities. This money could be used to better the education for everyone.
Opponents of equal opportunity laws such as the ones in California and Michigan claim they are harmful to minorities and women. This couldn’t be further from the truth as these laws do nothing but support equality among everyone.
California’s Proposition 209 is no stranger to controversy. Since its inception in November 1996, several lawsuits have targeted it. In every instance the law withstood the legal scrutiny. In August 2010 the Supreme Court of California ruled the law was still constitutional in a 6-1 decision. The same judgment was passed two years later when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal.
It is now the U.S. Supreme Court’s turn to take a stand against unfair discrimination. If the opponents of Michigan’s Proposal 2 succeed, they’ll overturn both laws and end any hope of one day achieving equality in U.S. colleges and universities