What happened in the world in 1978?
By: Autumn Durham
Regents of the University of California Vs. Bakke (1978)
"Race or ethnic background may be deemed a "plus" in a particular applicant's file, yet it does not insulate the individual from comparison with all other candidates for the available seats." - Justice Powell, speaking for the court-
The University of California was a medical school for Blacks, Chicanos, American Indians, and Asian. This kid named Allan Bakke was a white male who applied to the University of California. In 1973 and 1974 the regular admissions program rejected him. In that same year other applicants with lower grade point averages, MCAT scores and Benchmark scores were admitted to the Med. school under this special program.
There were 21 black students, 30 Mexican Americans, and 12 Asians for a total of 63 minority students, but for regular admissions 1 black student, 6 Mexican American student, and 37 Asians for a total of 44 minority students. No disadvantaged white candidates admission through the special program.
What did it violated?
The special admissions program violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it excluded him on the basis of race.