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Affirmative Action / Civil Rights Commission / Bakke / Supreme Court #46100

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) United States Civil Rights Commission issues statement saying that business and colleges should use affirmative action to give preference in jobs and admission to women and minorities.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Details of Commission statement noted; question is: are affirmative action programs quotas. [Commission chairperson Arthur FLEMMING - denies affirmative action is quota system; says whites must not be dealt with in arbitrary manner.] Commission has been on record since May as opposing Allan Bakke in reverse discrimination suit against California medical school. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Bakke case on Wednesday; could be most important civil rights case since 1950's, and while it won't settle permanently controversy with regard to affirmative action, Court will set up guidelines for debate.
REPORTER: Joe Templeton

(Studio) Supreme Court rules in vet rights case today. Overturns lower court ruling of unconstitutionality to give vets preference in jobs, because of sex discrimination. Court also rules commuters parking may be restricted in residential areas.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Reporter(s):
Smith, Howard K.;
Templeton, Joe
Duration:
00:02:00

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