What people are saying…

Add your thoughts and insights about the need to end race and sex preferences to those of your neighbors from around the state.  

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“About the hardest thing in life is seeing your child or grandchild treated unfairly.   It breaks your heart to watch the country you taught them to love and respect tell them they don’t get the chance they deserve…because they’re the wrong color.”

Rae J., Bay City
“My natural and adopted children are from different ethnic backgrounds.   The government shouldn’t label one of my sons an ‘oppressor’ and the other a ‘victim’.”

Diane C., Owosso
“It took me almost 30 years to build my company.   I play by all the rules, submit the low bid on the job, and then I find out I didn’t get the contract because of a set-aside.”

Jack B., Mt. Clemens

“I’m currently looking for a job.   I want to be considered fairly based upon my skills and experience, not my gender or ethnicity.”

Julia N., Lansing


“I resent politicians seeing me as a member of a group, instead of an individual.   I’m not looking for special treatment, just an equal chance.   And I sure don’t want people thinking I didn’t earn what I worked so hard to accomplish.”

Greg C., Detroit

“Nationally, only (between 26 and 35 percent) of black students graduate six years after entering college.   That’s about half the rate of white students.   At some colleges, no more than 20 percent of black students admitted graduate.    . . . These statistics are not new.   They’ve existed since colleges began racial double-standards admissions.”

Professor Walter Williams, “Black Students as Meal Tickets”

AFTER 209:   “In the University of California system as a whole, the enrollment of black freshmen dropped from 917 in 1997 to 739, but rose again to 832 in the year 2000–a decline of 9 percent over this period–and then rose to 936 in 2002.”

Thomas Sowell, Affirmative Action Around the World, p160

“We learned we could no longer compete equally.   We had the best prices for reputable service, yet we could not work.”

John Velde, testifying before Congress that his company could not get government contracts despite having the lowest bids, because the company was white-owned.

“Today’s most selective colleges are stiffer for women than men”

Kenyon College Director of Admissions, Jennifer Britz (NY Times 3.23.06)

“Universities in CA, FL, and WA State, where racial preferences in admissions are prohibited by state law, are currently engaged in experimenting with a wide variety of alternative approaches.   Universities in other States can and should draw on the most promising aspects of these race-neutral alternative as they develop.”

Supreme Court Justice O’Connor in Grutter v. Bollenger

“Enshrining a permanent justification for race preferences would offend this fundamental equal protection principle.   We see no reason to exempt race-conscious admissions programs from the requirement that all governmental use of race must have a logical end point.”

Supreme Court Justice O’Connor in Grutter v. Bollinger

“I believe that the law school’s current use of race violates the Equal Protection Clause and that the Constitution means the same thing today as it will in 300 months.”

Supreme Court Justice Thomas in Grutter v. Bollinger

“These programs stamp minorities with a badge of inferiority and may cause them to develop dependencies or to adopt an attitude that they are ‘entitled’ to preferences.”

Supreme Court Justice Thomas in Grutter v. Bollinger

“The contractor will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

Executive Orders 10925 and 11246 

BAMN and OUM: “Citizens for a United Michigan’s battle-hardened shock troops are provided by a group known as BAMN, the acronym for By Any Means Necessary.”

Detroit News, 2004