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Ending Racial Preferences: The Michigan Story (Lexington Studies in Political Communication) Hardcover – June 19, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0739124338 ISBN-10: 0739124331

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  • Series: Lexington Studies in Political Communication
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739124331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739124338
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,763,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ending Racial Preferences: The Michigan Story tells how determined citizens mobilized to end racial preferences despite the opposition of every civic and political institution in the state. The success of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative vindicates Allen’s belief in the ability of democratic institutions to withstand the pressures of modern interest group politics. (Terence J. Pell, President, Center for Individual Rights)

This book tells one of the great 'David vs. Goliath' stories in modern Michigan politics. The odds that Towards a Fair Michigan had to overcome were truly overwhelming; no matter where you stand on Affirmative Action, you will get a real education from reading how this small, tightly-organized group managed to win. (Bill Ballenger, editor,Inside Michigan Politics)

Two virtues give this book extraordinary value. It provides a wealth of accurate and little-known detail about the origin and passage of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative—an authoritative account that will never be matched. It also provides an inspiring model for the working of democracy. Ordinary citizens may collectively, as Aristotle wrote and Carol Allen shows, achieve surpassing wisdom “when they meet together.” (Carl Cohen, professor of philosophy, University of Michigan)

Carol Allen has written a scholarly yet absorbing account of the scorching battle to end Michigan's use of race-based preferences in university admissions, hiring and contracting, including her own efforts to inject a degree of civility and rationality into the campaign. But she sees clearly that the success of the ballot measure in Michigan is only a beginning: she argues persuasively for substituting a vision of "inclusiveness" for policies based on increasingly narrow-minded notions of multiculturalism and diversity. (Tom Bray, former editorial page editor and columnist of The Detroit News)

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Carol M. Allen is a research specialist at Michigan State University.

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Format: Hardcover
Carol M Allen's book, "Ending Racial Preferences: The Michigan Story will be the definitive treatment of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI). With 422 pages and nearly 600 footnotes, Ms. Allen a research specialist in the Political Science Department at Michigan State University, has carefully documented the campaign which resulted in a 2006 amendment to the Michigan State Constitution banning racial and gender preferences in public employment, education and contracting. It was supported by 58% of the voters.
The story is an exciting one of near misses, ballot challenges, court cases, and scurrilous tactics. These initiative are coming to other states and readers interested in this issue could do no better than to read "Ending Racial Preferences."
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