Race Discrimination in Public Higher Education: Interpreting Federal Civil Rights Enforcement, 1964-1996

Race Discrimination in Public Higher Education: Interpreting Federal Civil Rights Enforcement, 1964-1996

by John B. Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 027595983X

ISBN-13: 9780275959838

Pub. Date: 08/30/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

After years of widely acknowledging race discrimination in higher education, American government leaders, college and university officials, and at-large citizens today question the need for civil rights laws and policies. Within an important sector of the public higher education community — roughly nineteen states that used to operate laws separating students

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Overview

After years of widely acknowledging race discrimination in higher education, American government leaders, college and university officials, and at-large citizens today question the need for civil rights laws and policies. Within an important sector of the public higher education community — roughly nineteen states that used to operate laws separating students by race — dispute focuses upon systemwide Title VI enforcement. Two interpretations of Title VI enforcement coexist. Among conservatives, absence of continuing discrimination and continuing good faith effort signal an end to the need for government enforcement. Among more liberal stakeholders, past enforcement has been weakly undertaken despite past and currently increasing evidence of continued discrimination.

Closely reviewing evidence of past and current enforcement, Williams presents a reinterpretation: Considerable evidence of continued discrimination exists, but weak design and limited implementation provides an incomplete picture of past and current enforcement. Weak federal enforcement establishes a context for previously unrecognized unofficial state responses, and unofficial responses display important elements of a generic race relations ritual first chronicled in largely forgotten humanities and sociological literature from the 1960s. An important study for scholars, students, researchers, and policymakers of contemporary American education and race relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275959838
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1997
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Federal Aspects of Enforcement in Higher Education, 1970-90

Formal and Informal State Title VI Enforcement Patterns, 1970-90: Case Study of the Georgia State University System

Mobilizing Title VI Enforcement in Mississippi, 1992-96

Planning Civil Rights Enforcement in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana

Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations

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