So Long to Affirmative Action in Utah?

State House of Representatives considers ending the program

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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For this week's segment on the workplace, we look at the battle over affirmative action. Arizona just passed anti-affirmative action legislation earlier this month, and soon, Utah could follow suit.  An anti-affirmative action bill could be reintroduced for a vote in the Utah House of Representatives early next year. With a new crop of Republicans taking over for ousted Democrats after the mid-term elections, the bill looks more and more likely to pass.

For details on this bill and its implications, we speak with KCPW reporter Elizabeth Zeigler, in Utah.

We'll also hear from Democrat Rebecca Chavez-Houck, a member of Utah's House of Representatives, join us.


Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Ryan Wilcox and Elizabeth Zeigler

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]


Celeste Headlee seemed to suggest that Utah state legislative action to end what is routinely called "Affirmative Action", and move to race-neutral higher education admissions "might go against some recent court decisions."

Celeste didn't mention Gratz v. Bollinger or Grutter v. Bollinger, which were the two University of Michigan cases that went to the Supreme Court. But if Celeste thinks that Gratz and Grutter somehow mandate that a state needs to maintain an affirmative action program, she's completely mistaken. I would defy anyone at The Takeaway from pointing to court language that would prevent Utah's legislators from enacting a race-neutral admisssions policy if they had the votes to do so as part of the regular legislative process.

That point might have been made, had The Takeaway interviewed anyone other than the liberal Democrat proponents of Affirmative Action.

Nov. 23 2010 09:08 AM

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