ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – The U.S. Supreme Curt heard verbal arguments Wednesday in the case of Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, where affirmative action is still used in admissions.

Students who support the policy are rallying around the nation, including at the University of Michigan — which was forced to drop its the policy in 2007.

Yannick Wood, chair of the Black Law Students Alliance at U-M, called the Ann Arbor rally a “lively” one. He said he believe affirmative action remains an important issue.

“On campus there’s just not that much knowledge and exposure to the Supreme Court case. So, we’re just trying to drum up support; awareness and re-educate a lot of people,” Wood told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting. “A lot of people stopped by …We lured them in with the free food and then we talked to them about the merits of our case and why it’s really important — the affirmative action policies at public institutions.”

Wood said he thinks there are alternatives that would increase diversity at the university’s law school.

“Maybe looking towards the means families had in bringing-up their children and using that as a method. Other people think we should just get rid of all that and … just looking at academics. I don’t think that’s a viable solution, either. I don’t think any of those are,” he said.

Wood said, currently, the percentage of black law students at U-M is at about 4-percent; considerably lower than schools that still use affirmative action in admissions.

Get more on the Texas affirmative action case from our sister site, CBS DFW, at this link.


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