NAACP Calls Supreme Court Michigan Decision A Major Victory

On June 23rd, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action:

Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, said: "Today's 5-4 decision by the court in favor of the University of Michigan's law school affirmative action program is a major victory for colleges and universities nationwide. The Supreme Court has in essence provided the nation with a road map on how to construct affirmative action programs in higher education that are constitutionally acceptable. The Michigan model now becomes the operative model for both graduate and undergraduate affirmative action programs. This decision essentially overturns a 1996 appellate decision concerning the University of Texas Law School, and sets straight a 2001 appeals court ruling that rejected racially preferential admissions at the University of Georgia. In its 6-3 ruling against undergraduate programs that use a numerical system to award admission points based on race, the court has ruled against the use of points for race but not against race itself as a factor in considering admission. This too is another major victory for colleges and universities. Just as the Bakke decision in 1978 disallowed quotas but permitted the use of race as a permissible

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