In Good Faith:Salvaging affirmative action

Salvaging affirmative action

Few issues have aroused as much debate within the Reagan Administration as the 20-year-old Executive Order requiring companies doing business with the Government to hire more women and minority employees. Attorney General Edwin Meese has long contended that the numerical hiring goals established in response to Executive Order No. 11246 create a racial quota system and a form of "reverse discrimination" against white men. Labor Secretary William Brock and others who support the order have sought to stymie the Attorney General's persistent efforts to dismantle affirmative action and make it voluntary.

Last week Meese and Brock appeared on the verge of...

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