Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)

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  • I want to go to this college.
  • Sorry, but affirmative action has already been put into use and another person shall take your place.
  • This college is not letting me get an admission in their college because of their so called rule of "affirmative action", and instead they are letting some one go who is a different skin color than me.
  • That doesn't sound very good, let's see if we can get the Supreme court to reject this rule.
  • That University doesn't want me to be accepted because of my race and some policy that enforces it.
  • Exactly, this is why we are asking you abolish this law...
  • Barbara Grutter was a white Michigan resident and she was rejected when she applied into Michigan’s University of law. Grutter then started claiming that they violated federal civil right laws.
  • The court rules in favor of Bollinger.
  • She claimed, “Michigan admitted less-qualified minority applicants in violation of federal civil rights laws and the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees citizens "equal protection" under the law,” and this case was one of many to then reach the Supreme Court.
  • The supreme court upheld the fact of Universities using affirmative action. The text said that the Supreme Court had this to say: “"Student-body diversity is a compelling state interest that can justify the use of race in university admissions," the Court said.
  • That's all folks!!!
  • In the end the court ended up ruling in favor of the University. They had also said that they were taking this action because the University’s policies were not racial in either way.
  • Affirmative action, which originated as an executive order made and presented by President John.F.Kennedy, continues for many people to be an issue that pops over and over again. But since 1996, Michigan has approved laws banning affirmative action in public education, in state government hiring, and the awarding of state contracts. So this is the impact of the ruling on this case.
  • The End
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