Thursday, November 09, 2006

DESIREE COOPER: Prop 2 reactions fairly upbeat

DESIREE COOPER: Prop 2 reactions fairly upbeat

With the passing of Proposition 2 in Michigan, there will be no more race-based affirmative action in Michigan.

My thoughts on this are quite simple, and the article above has the views of some others who agree with me. First off I think that race-based decision making by public officials will always be suspect. Now in Michigan, that problem no longer exists.

I have always felt that there should be criterion beyond race which should be used to uplift people who are out of the access loop. So many times it is said that AA in education is used to help poor blacks get their first generation into college. Well if education is such a necessity (and it is) why limit that access to blacks? Shouldn't everyone who is poor get the same consideration so we can bring the people from "worse to first?"

The other confusing part of this for me is that the city of Detroit is in Michigan. I don't know the specific figures, but I do know that blacks make up a majority of the city. If that's the case, how does it measure up when calculating the presence of minority business?

I think that is a bit of homework I just gave myself. (Don't expect it to be completed any time soon.)



At Sun Nov 12, 01:54:00 AM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prop 2 in MI stems primarily from 2 cases involving white students not being accepted at U of M. (I used to live in MI and this has been brewing for years.) U of M used to use a points system that gave certain weight to minorities in an attempt to maintain a diversified campus. After the court cases they changed their system to give less weight to race, though they still used it as a factor. I believe that 1 of the students mentioned above was behind the push for prop 2. Apparently she is still pissed over not being accepted at U of M.

At Mon Nov 13, 10:53:00 AM CST, Blogger BeeJiggity said...

I remember the case, and have thought that race is an unreasonable factor to consider for quite some time.

The weight placed on "diversity" IMHO is much more than it deserves. The primary goals of a University should be the discovery and distribution, of higher information, and anyone prepared should be welcomed.

Re: Rejected Student.

Of course she is still pissed. She wants to prevent the continuation of a process which used unjust factors in considering her admission. If this case was at Howard, of FAMU, and race was used to limit access to a Black student, there would be no question about how unreasonable the policy is.

At Tue Nov 14, 11:35:00 AM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you're right, one of the students from the law suits was behind the MCRI/prop 2. Her name is Jennifer Gratz, of Gratz v. Bollinger (the former U of M president).
She wasn't rejected, she was waitlisted.
She didn't return the waitlist card and refused to be on it.
Everyone on the waitlist that year was admitted.
She could have gone to U of M if she wasn't so lazy.

At Tue Nov 14, 02:16:00 PM CST, Blogger BeeJiggity said...


She may have wanted a reason to create this referendum. At 18, I doubt it, but it is possible. This has created a foundation for her professional life she couldn't buy.

The WSJ article is most interesting. It is a post or two above this one.


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