The Law: What Rights for Whites?

The Bakke case brings a troubling racial argument to the court

As dawn broke over the white-pillared U.S. Supreme Court one day last week, more than 100 spectators were already clustered on the granite steps, huddled in bed rolls or stamping their feet to ward off the autumn chill. By midmorning the crowd had doubled and doubled again, stretching across the court plaza all the way to First Street. Photographers maneuvered to capture celebrities as they arrived, including Senators Robert Griffin and Thomas Eagleton, and Mrs. Earl Warren, widow of the Chief Justice who presided over the historic school desegregation decision of...

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