The View From 1776
The Constitution Punches Back
Liberal-progressivism took a solid hit at the hands of the Supreme Court. Discriminatory school admission policies are not required by the Constitution.
- The court decided in the Michigan case that the University could use race as a factor in admission, but that it was not compelled to do so. And it held that the state voters, in their wisdom, had the authority to set the admission rules to prohibit such considerations.
Justice Kennedy, in his majority opinion, noted that race considerations in college admissions are permissible. He wrote that the case was not about how the debate over racial preferences should be resolved, but rather who may resolve it.
In his opinion, the voters may decide. The minority on the court found that giving voters the final word about protecting the interests of minorities is neither justified nor wise.
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