And now for something completely different...
Not that Trin's Phil Science discussion hasn't been interesting...
Tuesday night at reading group there was a discussion regarding the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. This, of course, led into a discussion regarding affirmative action. Very briefly, for those of you that don't know, the MCRI would end affirmative action in Michigan. The bill was proposed by Ward Connerly, who has already been victorious getting similar measures passed in California in Oregon. Our discussion on Tuesday night centered around what this meant for universities. When California was no longer required to admit a certain number of minorities into its state universities, the percentage of minorities admitted dropped considerably. However, the success rate of minorities that were admitted seems to be higher. (I won't pretend I've looked up all the stats on this, so I'll just stick with weak claims based on hearsay from Fritz, Joe, and Mike.)
What are everyone else's thoughts on this? I'm inclined to say that even though the system of affirmative action is inadequate, we should keep it until we can come up with something better (ie. better public educational systems). I am, however, far from decided on the issue.
More info on the MCRI:
Citizens Research Council of Michigan (MCRI info is down the page a bit)
propaganda in support of the MCRI
Links to propaganda against the MCRI
John Conyers on the MCRI
Editorial from Kazoo Gazette