U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stay Anti-Affirmative Action Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling that struck down an affirmative action program that sought to promote more women and minorities at the Dallas Fire Department. Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg both dissented in the decision.
Under the former city program, sex and race were considered in the granting of promotions, in addition to test scores. A U.S. Appeals court ruled that evidence of past discrimination at the fire department was not sufficient to warrant an affirmative action program for women and minorities.
In 1972, the Dallas Fire Department had only one black firefighter. More than 15 years later, in 1988, black and Hispanic firefighters made up less than 6% of all employees, and the department's top ranks still did not include a single woman.
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Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .