RACE IN AMERICA: THE NEXT GREAT BATTLE OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COULD END RACIAL PREFERENCES IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

In the war being waged against affirmative action, the most potent weapon of all may be a harmless-looking sheaf of papers stashed in the book-lined office of Carl Cohen, a philosophy professor at the University of Michigan. The documents, which Cohen obtained by filing a Freedom of Information Act request, contain the top-secret charts and grids the university uses in selecting its incoming class. With their frequent references to the race of applicants, and apparent use of different and lower selection criteria for minority applicants, Cohen's materials are the kind of evidence that make a conservative litigator's pulse race. "All you...