Civil Rights Leaders: Supreme Court Michigan Ruling a Step Backward
Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
"The court’s decision takes our nation’s commitment to equal treatment under the law a step backward. Today’s decision reiterated the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions at colleges and universities across the nation. But it also sanctioned two tiers of access in our nation’s colleges and universities: one for the children of donors, alumni, and other interest groups, and another for racial and ethnic minorities. Donors and alumni can still lobby universities to include their children, but people who support racial and ethnic diversity in schools no longer have that opportunity."
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