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Affirmative Action / Reverse Discrimination Charge #50285

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 12, 1977
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(Studio) Admin. faces problem with regard to affirmative action and questions of using racial quotas to promote women and minorities in business and education. At center of controversy is Allan Bakke, who claims reverse discrimination in being refused admission to medical school in California. New developments in case happen in DC.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Justice Department has finally written brief endorsing affirmative action in general, but rejecting it at California school because it involved quotas. This upsets members of Congress Black Caucus, who meet with Solicitor General Wade McCree to discuss matter. [Caucus chairperson Parren MITCHELL - cites Caucus' position that adverse Supreme Court decision in case would have terrible impact on affirmative action, not only in education, but other areas.] Justice Department says brief not complete; administration's position is only advisory, but important,' because it would influence court and tell public how far administration will go to advance rights of minorities.

O'Brien, Tim;
Walters, Barbara

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