High Court Rules: Affirmative Action Dead in Michigan

Landmark Supreme Court decision upholds will of the people of Michigan; seen as victory for states, defeat for federal government.

By John Friend —

In a landmark 6-2 Supreme Court decision on April 22, the nation’s highest court handed a victory to the people of Michigan who voted in 2006 to amend the state constitution to ban the consideration of race or sex in public employment or education. The Court’s decision upheld the decision by the voters of Michigan to essentially ban “affirmative action.”


The ruling is sure to rehash the often divisive, heated debates over affirmative action, which gives preferential treatment to minorities in university admissions and hiring practices primarily, and may even spark similar ballot initiatives across the nation.

Legal analysts viewed the recent Supreme Court ruling as a victory for states’ rights and a blow to the federal government’s increasing overreach in virtually all aspects of public policy.

Vikram Amar, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of California-Davis School of Law, told The Washington Times, “The big message here is that [the] U.S. Constitution does not prohibit states from considering affirmative action, but neither does it hamper states that want to cut back on that experiment.”

Professor Scott Moss, who specializes in constitutional law at the University of Colorado Law School, added, “I think the states’ rights trend has been in place since the 1990s and the court has been expanding states’ rights since then.”

The majority made it clear that this decision was not about the merits of affirmative action, but rather who had the authority to formulate and implement such laws.

“This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his prevailing opinion on behalf of the majority. “There is no authority in the Constitution of the United States or in this court’s precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit this policy determination to the voters.”

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Ironically, those who protest the systematic discrimination against and displacement of the traditional racial and ethnic population of America, those of European heritage who founded, built and developed this nation, are hysterically demonized and slandered as “racists” and “bigots.”

Prominent pro-white advocates and defenders of white civil rights, including Dr. David Duke, have long argued that affirmative action amounts to officially codified discrimination against white Americans.

Dr. Duke’s popular YouTube video entitled Affirmative Action is Racist “exposes the massive racial discrimination against white Americans in hiring, promotions, scholarships and college admissions,” according to the video description.

Indeed, affirmative action must correctly be viewed as state-sanctioned discrimination against the white ethnic European majority in America—a traditional majority that is rapidly decreasing due to massive immigration, both legal and illegal, and other social, cultural and economic factors.

Affirmative action was designed to elevate and promote ethnic minorities regardless of merit, talent or higher qualifications over the white majority in America in order to advance Marxist, entirely illegitimate concepts such as “equality.”

Every individual has a unique and distinct genetic makeup, which endowed upon them certain traits, characteristics, dispositions, talents and limitations. There is no such thing as equality in nature; inequality is an iron law of nature which the cultural Marxist social engineers behind the promotion of affirmative action reject.

Expecting or assuming all individuals to have the same potential and intellectual and physical capacities is a fantasy. The Marxist belief in equality—which has been officially adopted by the state, educational and cultural establishment and much of mainstream society—is, in fact, holding people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds back from realizing their innate potential, especially white European people in America today.

Policies that discriminate against whites in America are widespread and, coupled with an extremely hostile, vitriolic anti-white historical and cultural narrative—a storyline that has in many cases been deceitfully manufactured and advanced by openly anti-white intellectuals, activists and radicals—has led to a crisis amongst the white population in America and the wider Western world.

No one should be granted special treatment in America, a nation founded upon the ideals of individual initiative, merit and skill. Granting special privileges to minorities for perceived or real historical injustices in an effort to level the playing field, combat alleged “white privilege” and ensure equality is simply unjustifiable given our unique political traditions.

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John Friend is a writer who maintains a blog and hosts “The Realist Report” on the AFP Radio Network.