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A conflict of principles : the battle over affirmative action at the University of Michigan / Carl Cohen.

By: Cohen, Carl, 1931- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2014Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700620432; 0700620435; 0700619968; 9780700619962.Subject(s): Affirmative action programs in education -- Law and legislation -- Michigan | Universities and colleges -- Admission -- Law and legislation -- Michigan | Discrimination in higher education -- Law and legislation -- MichiganAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Conflict of principles.DDC classification: 344.774/0798 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: "Carl Cohen, a left-wing philosophy professor at the University of Michigan who had long fought for civil rights and individual liberty, strongly believed that racial justice can only be attained in a society that is color-blind and that does not operate on the basis of quotas related to race, gender, religion or ethnicity. These beliefs lead Cohen to become a strong opponent of affirmative action in higher education, a battle that divided him from his normal allies on the left and that was waged in part at the university with which Cohen has been associated for over 50 years. In this book he tells the story of how he came to be a strong opponent of affirmative action in university admissions policies and the battles he fought at Michigan"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: ""No state. shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document held dear by Carl Cohen, a professor of philosophy and longtime champion of civil liberties who has devoted most of his adult life to the University of Michigan. So when Cohen discovered, after encountering some resistance, how his school, in its admirable wish to increase minority enrollment, was actually practicing a form of racial discrimination--calling it "affirmative action"--He found himself at odds with his longtime allies and colleagues in an effort to defend the equal treatment of the races at his university. In A Conflict of Principles Cohen tells the story of what happened at Michigan, how racial preferences were devised and implemented there, and what was at stake in the heated and divisive controversy that ensued. He gives voice to the judicious and seldom heard liberal argument against affirmative action in college admission policies. In the early 1970s, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen vigorously supported programs devised to encourage the recruitment of minorities in colleges, and in private employment. But some of these efforts gave deliberate preference to blacks and Hispanics seeking university admission, and this Cohen recognized as a form of racism, however well-meaning. In his book he recounts the fortunes of contested affirmative action programs as they made their way through the legal system to the Supreme Court, beginning with DeFunis v. Odegaard (1974) at the University of Washington Law School, then Bakke v. Regents of the University of California (1978) at the Medical School on the UC Davis campus, and culminating at the University of Michigan in the landmark cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003). He recounts his role in the initiation of the Michigan cases, explaining the many arguments against racial preferences in college admissions. He presents a principled case for the resultant amendment to the Michigan constitution, of which he was a prominent advocate, which prohibited preference by race in public employment and public contracting, as well as in public education. An eminently readable personal, consistently fair-minded account of the principles and politics that come into play in the struggles over affirmative action, A Conflict of Principles is a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to our national conversation about race"-- Provided by publisher.
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"Carl Cohen, a left-wing philosophy professor at the University of Michigan who had long fought for civil rights and individual liberty, strongly believed that racial justice can only be attained in a society that is color-blind and that does not operate on the basis of quotas related to race, gender, religion or ethnicity. These beliefs lead Cohen to become a strong opponent of affirmative action in higher education, a battle that divided him from his normal allies on the left and that was waged in part at the university with which Cohen has been associated for over 50 years. In this book he tells the story of how he came to be a strong opponent of affirmative action in university admissions policies and the battles he fought at Michigan"-- Provided by publisher.

""No state. shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document held dear by Carl Cohen, a professor of philosophy and longtime champion of civil liberties who has devoted most of his adult life to the University of Michigan. So when Cohen discovered, after encountering some resistance, how his school, in its admirable wish to increase minority enrollment, was actually practicing a form of racial discrimination--calling it "affirmative action"--He found himself at odds with his longtime allies and colleagues in an effort to defend the equal treatment of the races at his university. In A Conflict of Principles Cohen tells the story of what happened at Michigan, how racial preferences were devised and implemented there, and what was at stake in the heated and divisive controversy that ensued. He gives voice to the judicious and seldom heard liberal argument against affirmative action in college admission policies. In the early 1970s, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen vigorously supported programs devised to encourage the recruitment of minorities in colleges, and in private employment. But some of these efforts gave deliberate preference to blacks and Hispanics seeking university admission, and this Cohen recognized as a form of racism, however well-meaning. In his book he recounts the fortunes of contested affirmative action programs as they made their way through the legal system to the Supreme Court, beginning with DeFunis v. Odegaard (1974) at the University of Washington Law School, then Bakke v. Regents of the University of California (1978) at the Medical School on the UC Davis campus, and culminating at the University of Michigan in the landmark cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003). He recounts his role in the initiation of the Michigan cases, explaining the many arguments against racial preferences in college admissions. He presents a principled case for the resultant amendment to the Michigan constitution, of which he was a prominent advocate, which prohibited preference by race in public employment and public contracting, as well as in public education. An eminently readable personal, consistently fair-minded account of the principles and politics that come into play in the struggles over affirmative action, A Conflict of Principles is a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to our national conversation about race"-- Provided by publisher.

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The struggle over racial equality and affirmative action is not merely a social issue but also an intensively personal story. It is a story of the lives of individuals kept out of school because of their race, and it is a story of those who have advocated for or against affirmative action as a means of promoting racial equality. This book is the story of one person, Carl Cohen, a University of Michigan professor who opposed affirmative action in the name of racial equality, and the intellectual journey he took to help end the practice at his school. This autobiography recounts the convictions of a person convinced that the use of racial preferences in admissions policies was wrong and the steps he and others took legally to change this practice. Readers get an insider's account of challenges to intellectual orthodoxies over race and of the legal maneuvering and movement Cohen participated in to achieve victory. Overall, a compelling viewpoint suitable for collections on higher education, race, and law. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --David Schultz, Hamline University

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Carl Cohen is professor of philosophy at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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