Michigan’s Ban on Race Illegal

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While many schools are looking into the flaws of considering race in college applications, a federal appeals court judged Michigan’s ban on race consideration illegal.

According to the Huffington Post, the court said that a ban would “burden minorities,” and through a 2-1vote, deemed the University of Michigan’s attempt unconstitutional.

California, Nebraska and Washington have similar bans.

The question of race and the benefits of its use in considering college applicants seems to be an ongoing debate that leaves college students wondering if they can make use of Affirmative Action, or if it leaves them at a disadvantage. In fact, it is quite a popular topic among college students in online forums.

Some students have decided not to state their race when applying to college, believing that race should not matter when it comes to admissions.  They opt instead to rely on their grades, SAT scores—maybe?–and extracurricular activities.

On the other hand, what about the original intent of Affirmative Action? The original act, as signed by J.F.K., was intended to achieve non-discrimination. Now, it seems that some view Affirmative Action as a form of discrimination, and the decision for Michigan brings this topic out into the spotlight once again.

What do you think?

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