Big Loss for Racial Preferences in the Supreme Court Today

The Supreme Court today upheld Michigan’s ballot initiative that banned discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex in public-university admissions, among other things.  It’s a resounding win for the good guys.  Justice Kennedy wrote the plurality opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito; Justice Scalia wrote an opinion that could be safely characterized as more aggressive and that was joined by Justice Thomas; and even Justice Breyer concurred (separately) in the judgment.  Only Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented (Justice Kagan was recused).  I’m sure I’ll have more later, but for now congratulations to the Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette – and, of course, to Jennifer Gratz.

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