Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The People of Michigan Overturn Grutter

A victory against racism in Michigan yesterday. The people repudiated Grutter v. Bollinger, eliminating racial preferences in state hiring practices. Even better, this decision came as a political, not judicial, mandate. Californian minorities have benefited from their similar decision.

Interesting, Jennifer Gratz, plaintiff in Grutter's sister case Gratz v. Bollinger, was the driving force behind the initiative.

Yesterday was a lot of things, but it was NOT a mandate for liberalism.


PubliusRex said...

Since when did "liberalism" become government discrimination on the basis of race and sex?

Orrin Johnson said...

I meant the Democrat wave was not a mandate for liberalism, as evidenced by this issue's vote.

Arleta said...

As a woman (and someone who has faced her fair share of discrimination) I applaud the people of Michigan. I can make it on my own merits, thank you very much. I can't think of anything more discriminating than saying that, because I'm a woman, I can't make it on my own and need a hiring preference law in order to get a job.
Yes, there was a time when it was much more difficult (and still is, in some areas) for a woman or minority to get a job that they were just as qualified for as a white male, but hiring quotas only make things worse. When someone knows that the office HAD to hire you, they'll never believe that you are as qualified. This has the effect of not only perpetuating the myth that women and minoritys are incapable of reaching the same quality of work, but has the effect of lowering the self-esteem of those same women and minoritys who know that they haven't "made it" on their own.

PubliusRex said...

Believe it or not a group in Michigan is talking about filing a suit to challenge the initiative on - get this - equal protection grounds.