Trying to enroll more African Americans and other minorities, UC-Davis Medical School reserved 16 of 100 spaces for minority students.
When Allan Bakke, a white Vietnam vet, was rejected despite his superior scholastic record, he challenged the California program.
The difficult case split the Court. How far can America go to make up for past discrimination…without creating new injustices in the process?
The outcome: quotas are not constitutional. But other “affirmative actions” to promote diversity are.
Bakke wins. The quota program will end. But will the debate?