Volume 7, Issue 2, 2004
Susan M. Behuniak
The Color of Illness
Medical Schools and the Michigan Affirmative Action Cases
A critical difference between 1978, the first time the U.S. Supreme Court heard on its merits a case involving affirmative action policies (AAPs), and its 2003 revisiting of the issue was that the context for hearing the issue had significantly changed from that of medical education to that of undergraduate and law school programs. This shift in context mattered. I argue here that medicine has particular interests and insights into the problem of race, and in this, its participation in the debate is critical not only for medical education and practice but for the development of sound judicial approaches to AAPs.