Friday, November 24, 2006

Affirmative Action

In the last election Michigan voters overwhelmingly supported Proposal 2, a measure to ban race and gender based preferences in education, employment and contracting. A homechooling mother and acquaintance of mine was the plaintiff in the case that precipitated the proposal (Grutter vs. Bollinger). She was denied admission to the University of Michgian Law School despite her qualifications. Taking her fight to the courts, she lost her battle in the United States Supreme Court, but eventually found victory with the voters of Michgan. Grudgingly, UM will now have to change their admissions policies.

Now we have Young Republicans at Boston University taking a different tactic to fight affirmative action policies at their school. They are offering a "white only" scholarship.

The application itself offers an explanation: "We believe that racial preferences in all their forms are perhaps the worst form of bigotry confronting America today."

According to Mroszczyk, his group is offering the scholarship to point out "how ridiculous it is to have any sort of racially based scholarship."

As of yesterday, there were no applicants for the scholarship. Too bad, college is so expensive and every little bit helps.

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