Civil Rights: The Compliance Gap

Depending upon the point of view, the civil rights legislation of the '60s was either the salvation or the ruin of American democracy. Fact is, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission charged in a report scheduled for release this week, the statutes have fulfilled neither prophecy. The Government has not enforced the laws vigorously enough to make them matter. Instead, it has been discriminatory business as usual for federal contractors and licensees.

In a 1,115-page study, the principal governmental watchdog body in the civil rights field concluded that 40 federal departments and agencies, regulating everything from housing to broadcasting, have been delinquent...

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