Without Color of Law: The Losing Race Against Colorblindness in Michigan

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Khaled A. Beydoun

University of Arkansas - School of Law

Date Written: 2007


This article focuses on the campaign to uphold affirmative action in Michigan against a copycat ballot initiative that ultimately abolished it. The author, a key organizer in the defense of affirmative action campaign, offers intimate insight and assessment of the campaign itself, highlighting the effective strategies, and missteps, of the campaign. In addition, this articles seeks to: first, construct a historical account of the campaign against the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) that examines its various dimensions; and second, to provide an educational tool highlighting replicable successes and flagging critical missteps for forthcoming struggles. This will serve to guide proponents of affirmative action in states where anti-affirmative action referenda will be introduced, particularly after recent Supreme Court decisions.

Suggested Citation

Beydoun, Khaled, Without Color of Law: The Losing Race Against Colorblindness in Michigan (2007). Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 12, No. 465, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2529290

Khaled Beydoun (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - School of Law ( email )

260 Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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