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Affirmative Action Ban Under Scrutiny


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The U.S. Supreme Court
Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
The U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a challenge to a voter-approved Michigan law that bans the use of gender and race preferences in public programs. Voters passed a similar ban in California in 1996, Proposition 209, and critics blame it for lower rates of Latino, African-American, and Native-American students at public universities. We'll preview the arguments for and against overturning affirmative action bans.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal; and author of "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution"
  • Margaret Russell, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Ralph Kasarda, attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation who successfully defended Proposition 209, California's ban on racial preferences

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