The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”
"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”
The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.
ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.
"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.
Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.
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Hockey player makes kid’s day. [video]
And this is why Hockey Players are fabulous.
99 years on, Yerevan remembers the Armenian genocide.
“White people don’t have culture”
what were you saying,
fucking hear you
over the sound
What country is this?
That would be Slovakia
Is it like a polytechnic in the UK?
Community college, also known as junior college, is a two year school. Some of them are set to be education campuses only, some have entire campuses with dorms. These learning facilities offer a two-year degree, called an associate’s degree in a field of study. They can also offer certificates for non-degree program completion.
Some students go to these schools and then transition over to university, and finish out their bachelor degree at the university in the same field of study.
People attend community/junior colleges for a variety of reasons. Smaller class size and a better chance to get one on one help. Cheaper tuition. The students may be non-traditional (older students either going to college for the first time, or going back to get a degree in a new area of study) and the community college can offer a far more flexible schedule for them. Sometimes students from small rural areas will go to a junior college first, get all of their core subjects out of the way, and then transition to a bigger university after they’ve been able to do a “training wheels” program. Some of the colleges offer specialized and focused programs that really can’t be found at universities.