Reverse discrimination Essay

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Reverse Discrimation



Table of Contents

Introduction and Background..............................1

The Issues and Arguments for each side...................2

The Opinions and Decisions of the Supreme Court..........4

My Personal Opinion and Arguments........................5

Relevance to Current Issues..............................6

Conclusion...............................................7



Introduction and Background



        In 1973 a thirty-three year-old Caucasian male named Allan Bakke

applied to and was denied admission to the University of California Medical

School at Davis.   In 1974 he filed another application and was once again

rejected, even though his test scores were considerably higher than various

minorities that were admitted under a special program.   This special

program specified that 16 out of 100 possible spaces for the students in

the medical program were set aside solely for minorities, w hile the other

84 slots were for anyone who qualified, including minorities.



        What happened to Bakke is known as reverse discrimination.   Bakke

felt his rejections to be violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the

14th amendment, so he took the University of California Regents to the

Superior Court of California. It was ruled that "the admissions program

violated his rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th

Amendment"1   The clause reads as follows:



"...No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the

privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;   nor without due

process of the law;   nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the

equal protection of the laws."2

        The court ruled that race could not be a factor in admissions.

However, they did not force the admittance of Bakke because the...

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