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Students React To Supreme Court Ruling

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(WLNS) - The roots of Michigan's love/hate relationship with affirmative action are planted right here at the University of Michigan, where two students filed a lawsuit in the late 1990's against the university, over its use of race in admissions. Today's Supreme Court ruling upheld a voter ban on the practice, and while some say it was the right decision, others say they aren't so sure.

Student Eaghan Davis told 6 News, "I certainly am opposing justice Kennedy's ruling. People, especially coming to Michigan, don't have equal access to the resources that other students have who may be more privileged."

MSU student Joe'l Bowling adds, "Sometimes it can be hard to compete academically in the classroom because we come from under-served schools that don't have the same teaching structure as some students who aren't minorities who go to suburban schools and things like that. So they have a lot of resources at hand, and some of us don't."

Those disadvantages might make getting a college education more difficult but some say it's still not reason to make race a factor in admissions.

U of M student David Rood said, "If you are assuming that certain races are less capable than others, you're making a gross assumption that just doesn't reflect reality. And so, the University's probably better served not focusing on certain minorities."

And although the high court has spoken-- that doesn't mean this debate won't continue.

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