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Minority Report

How Michigan blew it for the rest of us.

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It's Wednesday, so the American Civil Liberties Union is pissed again. This time their target is Michigan voters, who approved a bill in November to eliminate statewide programs that create an equal playing field for women and minorities in schools and the workplace. At tonight’s Forgetting Equality: The Elimination of Affirmative Action program, Michigan ACLU chief Kary Moss joins reps from the NAACP’s Cleveland branch and Case Western Reserve University School of Law to discuss the bill’s consequences. “I don’t think a lot of people know how affirmative action has been chiseled away over the years,” says Mike Brickner, spokesman for the ACLU of Ohio. “People need to see the need for it. It’s a real possibility that something like what happened in Michigan could happen in Ohio.” @cal body 1:The vote came two years after a white high school student sued the University of Michigan because the school had accepted a minority’s application over hers. The girl -- a cheerleader, homecoming queen, and student-council leader with a 3.76 GPA -- argued that she was denied enrollment because of the color of her skin. The case played a pivotal role at election time, despite the ACLU’s campaign against the issue. Says Chris Link, director of the Ohio ACLU: “Affirmative action was and is the only way to undo centuries of racist and gender-oppressive laws that make ‘equal protection under the law’ meaningless words in our Constitution.”
Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

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