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Reverse Discrimination 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 Amendment1 The clause reads as follows No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States nor without due process of the law nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws2 The court ruled that race could not be a factor in admissions However they did not force the admittance of Bakke because the court could not know if he would have been admitted if the special admissions program for minorities did not exist Bakke disagreed with the court on this issue and he brought it before the California Supreme Court The California Supreme Court held that it was the Universitys burden to prove that Bakke would not have been admitted if the special program was not in effect The school could not meet this requirement and Bakke was admitted by court orde r However the University appealed to the Supreme Court for certiorari which was granted and the order to admit Bakke was suspended
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