Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

But Does It Matter That Much In Practice?

The most recent Harris Poll reports (through the Wall Street Journal) that 76% [of adults] disagreed with the Supreme Court's ruling that a university can use race as one of several factors when deciding whom to admit. That ruling stemmed from a challenge to the admissions policies at the law school of the University of Michigan. The high court struck down an undergraduate-admissions process at the school that weighted race more heavily.

With a 76% majority, it should be possible for anti-affirmative action forces to dismantle such programs through the elected branches of government, or through referendum. So, regardless of whether the Supreme Court's decision permitting limited affirmative action was right or wrong, the overall impact of the decision may be to terminate most affirmative action anyway.

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