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How did the Bakke case indicate that the rights revolution was here to stay?

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isoohoo | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:30 AM via web

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How did the Bakke case indicate that the rights revolution was here to stay?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Even though this case ended up going against the affirmative action program at the University of California at Davis, it can still be seen as an indication that the rights revolution was here to stay.  The reason for this is that the Supreme Court did not rule that all race-conscious programs were illegal.  Instead, it ruled that the University of California's program was illegal because it denied Bakke admission solely on the basis of his race.  It said that the program's quota system was, in essence, too extreme.  However, at the same time, it said that affirmative action programs that took race into account, but were not solely based on race, could be legal.  By doing this, the Court refused to outlaw affirmative action.  This can be seen as an indication of the staying power of the rights revolution.

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