The Dateline Special hosted by Tom Brokaw about the U-M admissions lawsuits is tonight at 8:00 PM.
Today’s Chronicle of Higher Ed. contains a series of articles about affirmative action here at the U of M. The reporter picks up on BAMN’s unpopularity among student activists – the first time I have every seen a ‘mainstream’ reporter discuss the issue. However, like most people, the reporter doesn’t seem to know that BAMN only represents the intervenors in the undergrad lawsuit – not the law school case:
“The legal strategy of the Grutter intervenors reflects the radical ideology of their lawyers and organizers, most of whom have long ties to two socialist groups, the National Women’s Rights Organizing Coalition and the Revolutionary Workers League. Both organizations helped set up a third group, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action & Integration and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (widely known as BAMN), which has played a key role in organizing protests in defense of affirmative action in both Michigan and California.”
Several leaders of the university’s more-established black student organizations, such as the Black Student Union and the Black Law Students Alliance, expressed support for the university’s educational-diversity defense of affirmative action, and sought to distance themselves from the militant tactics and rhetoric of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and other groups. Aundrea R. Johnson, a senior who was the Black Student Union spokeswoman, said, “They always paint the issue in black and white, and that does not help our cause.””
Also, Michigan may have an anti-spam law by fall.