ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 28, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court's Bakke decision outlined in terms of minority admissions program at California medical school and of affirmative action plans involving racial considerations. Constitutional authority Philip Kurland, of University of Chicago Law School, is interviewed by reporter Royal Kennedy; film shown. [KURLAND - discusses meaning of ruling to school admissions and equal opportunity programs. States mistake made by Davis school. Outlines ruling's effect on equal opportunity and discrimination in employment; notes that Bakke case was decided on Title Virgin Islands and jobs are under Title VII.] Potential for future Supreme Court ruling against quotas in employment programs mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Report on challenges to equal opportunity and affirmative action programs that require specific quotas. Exs. given involve Chicago, Atlanta, and Kaiser Aluminum plant in Gramercy, LA. Kaiser worker Brian Weber's challenge to company's quota system in training program reported.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
(Studio) Reaction of civil rights leaders and administration reported President Carter's support of affirmative action and opposition to quotas noted. Films shown. [Attorney General BELL - thinks decision confirms administration position and actions re: affirmative action. Reports Carter's reaction.] [Mrs. Coretta KING - says husband would have fought anything that hinders complete equal opportunity for all citizens. Is disappointed in ruling; thinks husband would be. Doesn't feel ruling total defeat.] [Congress Black Caucus chairperson Representative Parren MITCHELL - states Caucus opposition to decision favoring Bakke, but says panic is unnecessary.] [Reverend Jesse JACKSON - recalls black protests to get equal treatment; says this must continue in places where discrimination conts. Thinks this must be done with disciplined struggle, in light of Prop. 13 approval, unemployment figs. and Bakke decision.]
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner