That being said, I have a hard time believing in equality as a tenet of our country (even equality of opportunity) when the opportunities of a poor kid from the ghetto, a farm kid from small-town America, a middle-class kid from the burbs, and a rich kid from a mansion differ so greatly. Affirmative action was a way (no matter how imperfect) to attempt to address this issue. I wonder how long the myth of American "equality" can sustain itself when even ameliorative programs such as this are shut down with nothing offered in their place to address this issue.
You've got it wrong. The tenet is equal protection under the law, not equal opportunity. By segregating the country by race for "affirmative action", you're explicitly violating a principle of law. I applaud the voters of Michigan for getting rid of this garbage.