On November 15, 2012, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declared a ban on race preferences in Michigan unconstitutional. This Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal supported by the XIV Foundation!
Here’s a list of just a few of the media outlets that reported on this yesterday:
This is a crucial moment in the fight for equal treatment for all people.
In 2006 Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI or Prop 2), a constitutional amendment banning the use of race or gender preferences in public education, hiring and contracting.
The campaign was brutal. The Michigan establishment, Democrats and Republicans alike, lined up against MCRI and outspent supporters by a 5 to 1 margin. But on Election Day, when all of the votes were tallied, Michigan voters chose equality and approved MCRI in a 16-point landslide.
MCRI opponents, however, never accepted the will of the people, and the radical group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) immediately filed a lawsuit to overturn the vote. They argue that it is discrimination not to have race-based preferences. In other words, universities have to treat applicants unequally based on race in order to treat them equally according to their race.
Unfortunately, eight judges on the 6th Circuit sided with this logic over 2.1 million Michigan voters, and now BAMN is asking the Supreme Court to overturn similar initiatives in 7 other states.
The principle of equal treatment for all people is on the line. Are you ready to join me? We can’t afford to have anyone sitting on the bench in this debate!