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Michigan Department of Civil Rights Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Lansing, MI - John E. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, has issued the following statement on the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action. 

"For hundreds of years our nation explicitly made race the excuse for harms levied upon people of color,” said John E. Johnson, Jr. “The Supreme Court decision trivializes the reality that much of the progress made over the last 60 years was due to programs that directly addressed our racial legacy. This ruling will damage the intellectual growth of future generations by robbing universities of the ability to guarantee an environment of robust diversity.”

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to


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