Education: Hints on Reverse Bias

Marco DeFunis had every reason to think he was about to write his name large into the lawbooks. Denied entry to the University of Washington Law School in 1971 while blacks and other minority students were admitted under special lower academic requirements, DeFunis filed suit. He was admitted to the school under court order while the case made its leisurely way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. By whatever name—reverse discrimination, affirmative action or quota system—the emotional issue argued by DeFunis, a white, was whether blacks and others as a class could constitutionally be given preferential treatment.

The case attracted such wide...

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