Michigan College President Who Called Minority Students ‘Dark Ones’ Has Roots Against Affirmative Action

Source: Kim Kozlowski / The Detroit News

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of conservative activists announced the filing of a ballot initiative to ask voters if California should ban affirmative action in college admissions and public hiring.

Among the speakers that day was Larry Arnn, who later became Hillsdale College’s president and recently came under fire for describing minority students as “dark ones” during testimony at a Michigan legislative hearing.

Arnn was the founding chairman of the California campaign that led to the nation’s first successful constitutional amendment banning the use of race, ethnicity and gender in higher education and public life. Since then, voters in Michigan and five other states have approved similar laws.

The bans could be in jeopardy or become a model for other states, depending on a case that will be argued this fall before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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