by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Since 2006 there has been an affirmative action ban in the state of Michigan, but as of today, that ban has been ended by the courts. The New York Times reports specifically that in ” the decade-long battle over the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policies, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday struck down a 2006 state ban on the consideration of race and gender in admissions.”
The ban was a part of the state constitution and was known as Proposal 2. It was effective in the area of government hiring in addition to admission to public schools and universities. In the words of the Michigan State Constitution, they were trying to prevent “preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”
According to the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals, however, Proposal 2 “unconstitutionally alters Michigan’s political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities.” Predictions are that this latest decision will be appealed. The spokesperson for the University of Michigan, Kelly Cunningham, states that “the university is reviewing the possible implications of the court’s decision, and recognizes that there may be further legal steps.” She added that it is too early to know if the ruling will change admissions policies.
This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.