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Michigan’s Minorities

The headline in today’s Detroit News says: “Fewer minorities get into U-M law.” The claim is that the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative has made it much more difficult for non-white and non-Asian students to get into Michigan’s law school. Yet as a couple of pie graphs accompanying the article show, the number of first-year law students who are white and Asian students will decline slightly between the fall of 2006 (pre-MCRI) and the fall of 2007 (post-MCRI).
What gives? A massive effort on the part of the university to admit students using racial preferences before MCRI took effect:

The University of Michigan Law School admitted six times as many underrepresented minority students before the ban on government affirmative action took place compared with after it took effect, according to admissions data released Thursday.

In April, Michael O’Brien reported on this phenomenon for NRO.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.