ERIC Number: ED230139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-10
Reference Count: 0
Remarks of William Bradford Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, before the Southern Education Foundation.
Reynolds, William Bradford
Issues pertaining to desegregation of public higher education are discussed by the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Justice. Reynolds states that forced busing is probably not the best means of desegregating a public school system and that he is unpersuaded that society is reaching the ideal of colorblindness by insisting on race-conscious hiring and firing practices in the workforce. He cites examples of instances in which the Division has shown commitment to strong law enforcement under the civil rights statutes. He suggests that the States of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia have entered into amicable settlements to higher education desegregation cases. He notes that the present administration believes that predominantly black institutions should be preserved rather than discontinued or merged with white colleges. The State of Louisiana is used as an example of the steps that might be taken to strengthen existing programs and locate new academic programs at predominantly black colleges. Approaches to increasing other-race enrollments at predominantly white colleges are also noted. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Department of Justice
Note: Speech presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Education Foundation (Atlanta, GA, February 10, 1983).