Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAACP Chairman Urges Affirmative Action Policies

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAACP Chairman Urges Affirmative Action Policies

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MIAMI BEACH, FLA.

NAACP chairman Julian Bond praised the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the use of race as a factor in university admissions policies while criticizing President Bush and his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, for challenging race-conscious university admissions policies.

In a speech at the 94th annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People earlier this month, Bond urged states that have abandoned affirmative action policies for higher education to "come back into the Union."

The Bush administration filed one of the briefs opposing the affirmative action policy. The court also ruled against the use of a points-based system for enrollment decisions, which was used at the University of Michigan.

"The court struck down the points but upheld the principle," Bond said. "Since the opponents kept telling us that this was about principle, I'd say we won!"

Bond said the decision "gave legal sanction to what we knew to be morally, socially and educationally correct."

He criticized the Florida governor for his One Florida program, under which state universities can no longer consider race or gender in admissions decisions. …

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