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Q&A Mellman / Cheng / Affirmative Action / Asian American Community


The US Supreme Court Has Upheld The Northern State Of Michigan's Ban On Using Race As A Factor In College Admissions. The 6 To 2 Ruling Tuesday Rejected A Challenge To A Measure Passed By Referendum In 2006. The Measure Changed The State Constitution To Prohibit So-Called Affirmative Action In College Admissions. Affirmative Action Is the Practice Of Giving Special Consideration To Racial Or Ethnic Minorities. The Goal Is To Make Up For Discrimination That Has Led Such Groups To Be Under-Represented. The Supreme Court Decision Reverses A Lower Federal Court Ruling That Had Thrown Out The Michigan Ban. Voters In California And Washington State Have Passed Similar Initiatives To Bar Affirmative Action In Education, While Other States Have Adopted Laws Or Issued Executive Orders To Prohibit The Practice. One Of The Organizations That Filed Legal Papers In Support Of The Supreme Court's Decision Represents A Large Portion Of The Asian-American Community. Daybreak Asia's Ira Mellman Spoke With One Of The Leaders Of The Asian-American Legal Foundation. Lee Cheng Is One Of The Attorneys Who Wrote And Filed What Is Called An Amicus Brief ... Legal Papers That Supported The Eventual Court Ruling In The Case. Lee Says Asian-Americans Do Not Oppose Equal Opportunity, But Rather The Way Affirmative Action Has Been Applied ... Daybreak Asia's Ira Mellman Speaking With Attorney Lee Cheng Of The Asian-American Legal Foundation.

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