Landmark Supreme Court Case

Landmark Supreme Court Case

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  • I'm going to sue them!
  • Admission Rejected
  • A Landmark Supreme Court Case for a Teen: Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)
  • A girl named Barbara Grutter had been denied admission to the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. She thought it was a violation of her 14th amendment right because of affirmative action and decided to sue the college.
  • She believed she was being discriminated because the school used affirmative action, so she felt that less qualified students than her were getting seats just because they were in minority races.
  • The Supreme Court heard her case, where they ruled against her. They decided that affirmative action should continue. "The Court emphasized that the University of Michigan's policy was acceptable because the school conducted a thorough review of each applicant's qualifications and did not use a racial quota system meaning it did not set aside a specific number of offers for minority applicants.” This meant that the school was not discriminating her like what she said.
  • The Supreme Court’s decision continued the controversy, made it more heated, and made it more in depth. This is because people in California, Washington, and Michigan still believe that affirmative action is unconstitutional, so they are voting for laws banning the use of race as a factor in college admissions under the philosophy that it “reverse[s] discrimination.” In other words, they believe that it creates discrimination against whites, which they believe is wrong.
  • The main impact is that the controversy continues about the fact that this Supreme Court decision may be discriminating white people.
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