ERIC Number: ED189241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-22
Remarks by Drew S. Days III, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, Before the American Bar Association National Institute, Washington Hilton (Washington, D.C., on May 22, 1980).
Days, Drew S., III
In this speech the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice discusses the impact of racial and sex discrimination on the nation. The author reflects on the high costs of discrimination, financially and socially, in terms of riot damage, underutilization of the work force, crime, and poor education. In discussing the Federal government's recent affirmative action efforts, he notes that, despite equal opportunity legislation, institutional discriminatory barriers still exist and exacerbate problems of inequality. The author delineates the present administration's goals for affirmative action: (1) a cessation of discriminatory practices, (2) recruitment programs designed to increase pools of eligible minorities and women, (3) replacement of non-valid job related tests with valid devices, (4) increased minority and female hiring and promotion, and (5) back pay for victims of past discrimination. The author concludes with a call for creativity in the implementation of affirmative action and education of the American public about the costs of discrimination. (MK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.