Rites of Passage: Race, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution
37 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2012 Last revised: 29 Dec 2014
Date Written: 1979
At the onset of the "minority contractors" cases, this article stresses that race-based laws have yielded undesirable by-products that actually made the laws less advantageous than the unequal situations the laws tried to prevent. This essay urges that if race is used as a standard for assigning advantage, the same inequities will repeat once race is seen as an acceptable legislative standard.
Keywords: desegregation, affirmative action, contractor, state actor, public employee
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