CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court to begin hearing Bakke case with regard to reverse discrimination on Wednesday Today, United States Civil Rights Commission speaks out for minorities, endorsing Justice Department position on case.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) (Films of anti-Bakke protest last September shown. There is temporary audio loss. ) Bakke raises potential threat to all such affirmative action programs. Details of Bakke case, involving his rejection at University of California Med. School, noted. Several briefs have been filed with Court, both for and against Bakke; joining group supporting Bakke are varied groups like liberal Jewish ones and young Americans for Freedom. Black groups are almost uniformly against Bakke. List of those who have filed briefs shown. [Congress Black Caucus member John CONYERS - says there's no reason for case to be unclear; is case of affirmative action that should be approved, since there's. nothing offensive about it.] [American Jewish Community spokesperson Hyman BOOKEINDER - says his group against stamping class preference with quota system.] Some liberal Jews stick behind affirmative action, in hopes of avoiding white backlash. [Ldrship. Conf. on Civil Rights mbr. Joseph RAUH - thinks it's conflict between those who believe enough has been done in direction of civil rights and those who think no practical gain has been made by blacks and other minorities Is with latter group.] Most observers think Court will take mid. ground, upholding affirmative action, but declaring rigid quotas excluding all wts. unconstitutional. Possible effects of such ruling noted.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
(Studio) Rulings by Court today include case with regard to job preference to vets, which came from Massachusetts, and case with regard to residents' preference over commuters in street parking.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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