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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Wednesday, January 15, 2003
6:13 PM

I think FoxNews has figured it out...

WASHINGTON — President Bush announced Wednesday that his administration will challenge an affirmative action program being tested before the Supreme Court, saying the University of Michigan's points-rewards for minority students amounts to a quota system....

The brief is expected to highlight a university admissions program founded in Texas while Bush was governor and affirmative action opinions by the Clinton administration that seem to support the president's views, officials said.

For example, in 1997, the Justice Department under Clinton supported a white high school teacher's claim that she suffered reverse discrimination when laid off from her job. A black teacher was retained. Clinton administration lawyers argued that the school district's affirmative action policy went too far and couldn't be justified by the notion that a diverse teaching squad is a worthy goal.

I'm not sure if that's what Clinton's lawyers said--there's been some discussion of this around the blogosphere--but part of this was during Clinton's Sister Souljah/DLC period. See Discriminations for a discussion of the 1997 case; blogger John Rosenberg says both AP and the Post have misreported it.

Fox continues:

"A simple desire to promote diversity for its own sake ... is not a permissible basis for taking race into account," the government said then.

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