Backfire: A Reporter's Look at Affirmative Action

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Regnery Publishing, Jun 1, 1996 - Political Science - 415 pages
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"Make no mistake, this is going to be a controversial book. Bob Zelnick, a first–class journalist who is also a lawyer, has looked beyond the successes and well-meaning goals of affirmative action and found a bureaucratic morass that seems to have been designed by Kafka and implemented by Lewis Carroll. If our goals are fairness and racial harmony, we are obliged to address and answer the questions Zelnick raises."

—Ted Koppel, ABC News
 

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Contents

A QUESTION OF DISCRIMINATION
3
A FAILED APPROACH
23
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS
55
MERIT TESTING AND RACE
71
THE RED AND THE BLUE
107
RACE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS
119
THREE HOURS TO LIVE
159
THE LONESOME DOVE
173
VOTING RIGHTS AS YE SOW
213
SO SHALL YE REAP
237
EDUCATION VERSUS IDEOLOGY
259
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY
283
THE MORTGAGE DISCRIMINATION HOAX
317
THE INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION HOAX
339
THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL RIGHTS INITIATIVE
347
NOTES
371

A STATE OF EXCESS
183
HISTORICALLY BLACK STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
199

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