President Bush Says Affirmative Action Is Divisive, Unfair and Unconstitutional: White House Plans to File a Supreme Court Brief in the University of Michigan Case

January 16, 2003

President Bush came out strongly yesterday against affirmative action in college admissions. He said that the White House would argue in a brief to the Supreme Court that the University of Michigan gives unconstitutional preference to African-American, Latino, and Native American applicants.

Bush charged Michigan’s policy was divisive, unfair and unconstitutional.

The Michigan court case is seen as the most important affirmative action case in a generation.


  • Lee Cokorinos, author of the new book "The Assault on Diversity: An Organized Challenge to Racial and Gender Justice." He is the research director of the Institute for Democracy Studies

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