Skin color bonus

December 28, 2000

At Michigan, it’s extra credit

By Kenneth Smith

Washington Times, December 28, 2000

“Hail to the victors valiant/Hail to the conquering heroes/Hail, hail to Michigan/The leaders and best/ If you take into account the extra credit some students get for having the right skin color.”

That last line sounds a little jarring in the

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Halt that criticism

December 21, 2000

Housing officials imposed speech code

By Kenneth Smith

Washington Times, December 21, 2000

When three Berkeley, Calif., residents learned to their dismay that the city planned to house homeless persons nearby, they did what the Founding Fathers might have expected government critics to do. They published and distributed pamphlets against the project. They

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Race preferences made permanent

December 20, 2000

By Thomas J. Bray

Detroit News, December 20, 2000

When affirmative action was first invented, it was widely sold as a temporary measure to help minorities overcome discrimination. A little noticed but highly troubling feature of last week’s ruling upholding the University of Michigan’s use of race as a “tipping factor” in

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Race preferences made permanent

December 20, 2000

By Thomas J. Bray

Detroit News, December 20, 2000

When affirmative action was first invented, it was widely sold as a temporary measure to help minorities overcome discrimination. A little noticed but highly troubling feature of last week’s ruling upholding the University of Michigan’s use of race as a “tipping factor” in

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Soft bigotry wins two in court

December 19, 2000

But the legal game is far from over.

By Thomas J. Bray

Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal, December 19, 2000

Jesse Jackson, the NAACP and other activists are claiming that Florida’s electoral system “disenfranchised” thousands of black voters. And it’s true that in many heavily black precincts, a disproportionate number of ballots were

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Hopes for a new year: Charitable choice

December 18, 2000

By Curt A. Levey

Legal Times, December 18, 2000

One of the few issues that George W. Bush and Al Gore agreed on was “charitable choice.” Under the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, charitable choice allows faith-based providers of social services – job training, high school equivalency classes, drug treatment, and the

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Is judge right on U-M admissions policy?

December 17, 2000

No: Don’t let university illegally engineer racial mix

By Terence Pell

Detroit News, December 17, 2000

Federal Judge Patrick Duggan’s ruling earlier last week that the University of Michigan ran an unconstitutional admissions system during the mid-1990s is an important step forward in ending race preferences at Michigan and elsewhere.

Judge Duggan found that

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Court rules UM race policy illegal

December 13, 2000

Washington, D.C. – In a ringing endorsement of the rights of all citizens to be treated equally under the law, a federal district court judge today ruled in the nationally watched case of Gratz v. Bollinger, that there was no need to proceed with a trial and that the record

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States’ rights are also civil rights

December 04, 2000

By Curt A. Levey

The National Law Journal, December 4, 2000

With a federalism revolution raging in the U.S. Supreme Court, much of the focus has been on the expansion of state sovereignty, which is at issue again this term. As the court ponders one such case – Alabama’s sovereign immunity challenge

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Court: Race legal in admissions

December 04, 2000

By the Associated Press

The New York Times, December 4, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday the University of Washington Law School acted legally when it considered the race of applicants in its now-abandoned admission policy.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision means publicly funded schools

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