Rites of Passage: Race, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

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

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., Rites of Passage: Race, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution (1979). University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 46, No. 4, p. 775, 1979, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-200, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1982771

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