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Somewhere in time America has seemed to have lost the ultimate goal of equal rights and truly equal rights In the early sixties great men took the stage in order to start paving the way to equality in America Now in the twenty-first century people all over this country has forgotten what equal rights actually means Equal rights is supposed to ensure equality for all people Somewhere along the line we surpassed equal rights and have now begun to oppress whites Through government programs such as affirmative action race classification and his whole politically correctness idea America has tipped the scales of oppression towards the whites of America In 1973 a thirty-three year-old Caucasian male named Allan Bakke applied to and was denied admission to the University of California Medical School at Davis In 1974 he filed another application and was once again rejected even though his test scores were considerably higher than various minorities that were admitted under a special program This special program specified that 16 out of 100 possible spaces for the students in the medical program were set aside solely for minorities while the other 84 slots were for anyone who qualified including minorities What happened to Bakke is known as reverse discrimination Bakke felt his rejections to be violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment so he took the University of California Regents to the Superior Court of California It was ruled that the admissions program violated his rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment The arguments for and against the special admissions program are complicated The arguments for special admissions and affirmative action are described by Dr Howard Stelcher former sociology professor at Harvard Because of past injustices compensation should be granted to minorities and one possible form is as affirmative action which in this case is the role of the special admissions program In addition racial diversity in educational institutions
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