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Copyright (c) 1986 The University of Illinois
University of Illinois Law Review

ARTICLE: THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS: WINNING THE WAR AGAINST DISCRIMINATION +



+ This article responds to Joel L. Selig's article, The Reagan Justice Department and Civil Rights: What Went Wrong, 1985 U. ILL. L. REV. 785.

1986

University of Illinois Law Review

1986 U. Ill. L. Rev. Online 1001

Author

William Bradford Reynolds *

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

The 1980's have heralded a tremendous resurgence in our Nation's traditional commitment to the principles of law enforcement and the administration of justice. Under the leadership of President Reagan, and in response to an overwhelming mandate from the American people, our federal government has led this national renaissance as the unparalleled defender of our Constitution and federal laws. Perhaps nowhere has the federal government more clearly demonstrated its commitment than in enforcing our civil rights laws.

During this Administration, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has established an impressive record in its efforts to eradicate our country's undeniable and regrettable legacy of discrimination. 1 In that regard, we have dared question the efficacy, wisdom, and indeed, in some cases, the legality, of various sputtering and often ineffective remedial programs -- particularly mandatory school busing and racial employment quotas -- which the civil rights "establishment" has advocated and many lower federal courts have adopted as a "quick fix" for discrimination over the past twenty years. Critics have attached the labels of "lax enforcement," "bigotry," and even "racism" to the remedial policies of this Administration, and have disingenuously accused the President and his appointees of pursuing an "agenda" that is wholly insensitive to the rights of minorities.

One such criticism appeared in this Law Review in an article by Joel L. Silage, entitled The Reagan Justice Department and Civil Rights: What Went Wrong. 2 As a former career attorney in the Civil Rights Division ...
 
 
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