CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Carter administration endorses consideration of race as factor in helping minorities gain admission to college. Action comes as administration files brief with Supreme Court in California case considered to be test of reverse discrimination.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Earlier draft of brief, leaked to press, had appeared to support white applicant's claim of reverse discrimination caused by racial quotas. Civil rights leaders lobbied for change in focus and final version comes down strong for affirmative action. Details of brief, especially with regard to case of Allan Bakke in California, noted. Attorney General Bell and Solicitor General Wade McCree deny that administration bows to pressure, but black leaders claim victory in important point. [BELL - states United States position on affirmative action hasn't changed; that it is favored and race can be considered.] [Congress Black Caucus chairperson Parren MITCHELL - notes final brief is closer to position caucus wanted Justice Department to take.] Admin. is asking court to rule in favor of affirmative action, without ruling on rights of whites to claim that it is reverse discrimination.
REPORTER: Fred Graham