NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Carter administration says rigid quotas not way to fight discrimination, but flexible goals for hiring and educating minority groups are and ought to be acceptable. Civil rights groups and supporters in administration say this is victory for them. Position comes out in Justice Department brief filed with Supreme Court in connection with case of Allan Paul Bakke, who claims self as victim of reverse discrimination.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Congress Black Caucus says final brief is completely different from original that they had objected to. [Chairperson Parren MITCHELL - notes final brief is what they asked for in 1st press conference on subject.] Differences in 1st draft of brief and final one noted. Attorney General Bell and Solicitor General Wade McCree indicate opposition to fixed quotas, but refuse to conclude quota involved in present case. [BELL - states administration support of affirmative action.] Real issue in case is white man's rights. Supreme Court to take case on October 12.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(Studio) Potential explosiveness of issue for White House noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) On learning of original Justice Department brief, cabinet members like Patricia Harris, Joseph Califano and Ray Marshall protested, even in cabinet mtg. on Monday Protests of others noted. Carter agreed and Justice was directed to rewrite brief. One White House staffer compares importance of case to Brown versus Board of Education.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff
(Studio) In general, civil rights leaders are pleased with final brief.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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