Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Arguments in Today’s Supreme Court Arguments on Michigan Proposal 2
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Westbrook Simpson, 202.466.2061, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after today’s Supreme Court arguments on Michigan’s Proposal 2, a 2006 ballot measure that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies, effectively creating two separate and unequal systems for determining the admissions criteria used at state universities. The Leadership Conference submitted an amicus brief in this case signed by more than 30 national civil and human rights organizations:
“It is inherently wrong for a state to effectively ban minorities from engaging in precisely the same civic activities to which others have unfettered access. Proposal 2 didn’t just ban race-conscious college admissions, it put a thumb on the scale against minority students in favor of the children of donors, political organizations, or any other constituency that wishes to be included in admissions decisions. This cannot stand and we call on the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court’s ruling that struck down Proposal 2.”
Wade Henderson is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.