Michigan Ban on College Affirmative Action Stands

A divided Supreme Court upheld the state's restriction on race-influenced admissions policies.
2:08 | 04/22/14

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Transcript for Michigan Ban on College Affirmative Action Stands
Thank you, David. Now, a milestone in the debate about race and fairness in America. In a big decision today the supreme court allowed the state of Michigan to ban affirmative action at colleges. One justice was so passionate in opposition, passionate about discrimination even in 2014, she did something she never did before. ABC's Ryan smith tell us us. Reporter: Closely watching the supreme court took. A high school Europe from Detroit hoping to attend the university of Michigan next year. I'm infuriated and it doesn't make sense. Reporter: It is a major blow for supporters of affirmative action. The court ruled today that it's okay for Michigan voters to decide race should not be a factor in its admissions. Today's decision is a victory for the constitution, a victory for the voters of Michigan and victory for the rule of the law. Reporter: Justice Kennedy wrote quote, this case is not about the debate about how racial preference should be resolved, it is about who may resolve it. Justice, a princeton graduate and the court's first la teen that justice took the unusual step of Reading her opinion from the bench saying quote, race matters, in part because of a long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process. The Numbers show in states that have banned race admissions, minority student enrollment has dropped sharply. In Michigan state, 10% of new students were african American. After the ban, 5%. Five states have similar laws. Do you think other states will follow Michigan's lead? I'm not sure how it's going to open the door. There's no giving up. If I don't get accepted my first try, then I appeal. If I don't get in then, I'm going to fight to get in. Reporter: Ryan smith, ABC news, New York.

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