Supreme Court to rule on affirmative action

March 31, 2003, midnight | By Cori Cohen | 21 years, 3 months ago

The Supreme Court will rule on the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy, in the case Grutter vs. Bollinger on April 1.

The University of Michigan uses system which students and officials are questioning the constitutionality. Out of 150 possible points, minorities are automatically awarded 20 points because of their race. In a speech about the Michigan case President Bush said, "The motivation for such an admissions policy is very good, but its result is discrimination and that discrimination is wrong."

On May 14, 2002 the United States Court of Appeals found the University's policy to be constitutional citing that if race was not a factor, minorities would make up les than five percent of the University's law school. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Fight for Equality by any Means Necessary (BAMN) feels that banning affirmative is a violation of the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education which stated that "separate is inherently unequal." Their website claims that winning this case would
"present a better opportunity than we have had for generations to reconcile the segregated, unequal reality of our educational system."

Students from all over the United States, along with BAMN will be holding a March in Washington on April 1. Protesters will begin the rally at 9 a.m at the Supreme Court, and following the ruling they will march to the Lincoln Memorial. For more information on the march click here

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