Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI)
Table of Contents
The Text of the Constitutional Amendment, Proposed by the MCRI, which would Outlaw Discrimination or Preference based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, by the state in employment, education and public contracting.
Current Michigan Constitutional and Statutory Provisions that Outlaw Discrimination or Preference based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, plus the Escape Clauses that withdraw their protection from whites and males.
Statutes that Permit or Require Affirmative Action. Only five would be affected
by the MCRI Amendment. Only seven concern the kind of Affirmative Action supported
by opponents of the Amendment.
Statements by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, condemning the MCRI, and supporting Affirmative Action.
An Open Letter from Prof. Carl Cohen, an MCRI Leader, urging the ACLU to embrace the principle of nondiscrimination, and challenging its executive director to debate.
An Open Letter to Gov. Granholm from Ward Connerly argues that "the pursuit of diversity should never be an excuse . . . to abandon the fundamental principle of equal treatment before the law without regard to the color of a person's skin."
A Rebuttal by the MCRI denies the validity and legality of the Commission's Report, and of the public hearings on which the Report was based. The Rebuttal points to the Commission's bias against the MCRI, manifest from the beginning of the petition campaign.
In the Final Weeks of the Campaign, the author and co-editor of this website, Curtis Crawford, urges MCRI to stress Two Key Themes.
Concrete Example of the Issue in this Debate: The Advantage Given to Black
and Hispanic Applicants in the competition for admission to the University of
Michigan. Computed from the University's data by the Center for Equal Opportunity.
"Nobody who was Anybody supported it; Everybody who was Anybody opposed it." Herewith, compiled by One United Michigan, is a daunting list of Organizations and Individuals arraigned against the Civil Rights Initiative.
in Two Recent Polls, Behind in Two Others.
YES 58% NO 42%. In Michigan, November 7, 2006, VICTORY for a splendid American principle: Non-Discrimination, FOR OR AGAINST ANYONE, based on Race, Sex, or National Origin. Complete Returns, showing the Numbers and Percentages of Yes & No Votes for Each County.
"Diversity Matters at Michigan," an Address by President Mary Sue Coleman of the University of Michigan to the University community, on the day after Michigan voters adopted the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
by Curtis Crawford, January 2007: