A Quotas-vs.-Voters Dilemma

The President endangers his support among blacks by digging in his heels on a civil rights bill

The first major test of George Bush's civil rights commitment reached the Oval Office last week in the form of a 30-page document. The Civil Rights Act of 1990 -- passed last week by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress -- seeks to strengthen protections against discrimination in the workplace, making it easier for minorities and women to prove civil rights violations against employers. But Bush is threatening to veto it.

The President insists he wants to sign a civil rights bill, but not one that will force "businesses to adopt quotas in hiring and promotion." Democratic leaders say the...

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