Quota Fight

Rethinking affirmative action

"It's horrible," said Jennifer Brown, head of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women. The Rev. Jesse Jackson called it "an attempt to reverse history" that could result in "an American form of apartheid." But to Harvard Sociology Professor Nathan Glazer, a leading neoconservative, it was "a step in the right direction," one that "took enormous courage."

Rousing this chorus of commentary last week was a three-page discussion draft prepared by White House aides as a possible addition to Executive Order No. 11246, issued by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. The measure has been denounced for creating...

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