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Michigan House Bans Racial Admission Preferences

The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a bill that prohibits universities receiving any state funding from using admission preferences based on factors such as race! The legislation caught the University of Michigan—a leader in the use of such preferences, and the defendant in the affirmative-action cases decided by the Supreme Court a year ago—”off-guard,” according to the article. Doubtless the university and its allies will do their best to stop the bill in the state senate and, if necessary, to convince Michigan’s governor to veto it. Still, this is great stuff, and in every state that hasn’t already banned preferences, there should be some state legislator willing to introduce a bill like this. Preferences are overwhelmingly unpopular, and victories like this keep the balkanizers on the defensive.


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