Feb. 4, 2013
By Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action by Any Means Necessary (BAMN)
BAMN today supported Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request that the Supreme Court review the decision of the Sixth Circuit striking down Proposal 2, Michigan’s anti-affirmative action proposal. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court today, BAMN asked the Court to grant review in order to strike down California’s Proposition 209 and the identical laws that have been passed in Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington.
Shanta Driver, BAMN’s National Chair and one of the attorneys representing BAMN in this case, said “We are asking the Supreme Court to review this case not because the Sixth Circuit was wrong, but because it was right. The Sixth Circuit decision should be extended to California and the other four states where Ward Connerly’s amendments have passed. If Proposal 2 is unconstitutional, so is California’s Proposition 209.”
George B. Washington, an attorney for BAMN, said “Proposal 2 and Proposition 209 have turned black, Latina/o and Native American residents into second-class citizens. Racial minorities are now the only groups who cannot ask the universities to adopt admissions programs that will make it possible for their children to attend their state universities.”
Washington also said, “These laws have driven down minority admissions by one third or more at the University of Michigan and at the University of California at the very moment the country is becoming majority minority.”
The anti-affirmative action amendment passed in Michigan November 2006. The entire Sixth Circuit held that it was unconstitutional on November 15, 2012. Michigan’s Attorney General has asked the Supreme Court to review the case.
The exact same proposal had passed in California in November 2006 and was upheld by the Ninth Circuit in 1997.
Driver said, “We need to build a movement like we did to win the Grutter decision in order to assure that the Fourteenth Amendment applies to California as well as to Michigan.”
Contacts: George B. Washington 313-715-4886 Shanta Driver 313-407-4865
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) http://www.bamn.com