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    Bush, Kerry Have Contrasting Views On Minority-Only Scholarships.

    CBS Evening News (7/6, story 10, 2:45, Roberts) reported, "It's one of the most hotly debated issues in America today: Affirmative action, and it's the topic tonight in our month-long 'Eye on America' series. We asked correspondent Wyatt Andrews to look at where candidates Bush and Kerry stand on affirmative action, and find out, what does it mean to you?" CBS (Andrews) added, "For Jody Walker, a top student at the Seton Hall Law School in Newark, the scholarship was perfect. It came with money...and mentoring at Riker Danzig, a mostly white law firm, which is aggressively recruiting minority lawyers." Glenn Clark, Riker Danzig: "We can attract business by having minority partners and business at our firms." Jody Walker: "All this program is doing is addressing a specific issue." Andrews: "Few black lawyers in New Jersey?" Walker: "Exactly, that there are few black lawyers in New Jersey and across the nation." Andrews: "But the Bush Administration believes Jody's scholarship is illegal because it's minority-only, not open to whites." Brian Jones, Department of Education: "You can't make race the ticket for admission." Andrews: "Brian Jones, of the Department of Education, says minority-only programs amount to reverse discrimination. The Bush Administration is investigating 34 such programs, and dozens of schools, including MIT, have dropped the programs under pressure." Jones: "Because when you have a minority-only scholarship, you have said certain students, by virtue of nothing other than race, need not apply. It shouldn't be the first question, the last question, the only question." Kerry campaign spokesman Eric Holder: "I think you'd see a drastic change in policy." Andrews: "Kerry campaign spokesman Eric Holder says John Kerry would reverse the Bush crackdown, especially at schools with plenty of other scholarships open to whites." Holder: "Senator Kerry would come up with ways in which you could promote these programs. We need to support all of the diversity efforts we can." Andrews: "Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that colleges could pursue racial diversity. But now the question is, how far can they go?" Seton Hall Dean Patrick Hobbs: "Diversity in education is something to be promoted." Andrews: "Back at Seton Hall, Dean Patrick Hobbs says law schools today compete for top minority students, and need minority-only programs to bring those students in." Dean Hobbs: "If we are going to continue to attack programs that take race into account, if we are going to tear them all down, at the end of the day we are going to have a segregated society." Walker: "Right now, we have law firms that are predominantly white, and it's just not representative of our country." Andrews: "The real diversity here is how the two candidates would solve that problem. John Kerry would keep Jody Walker's scholarship because it brings minorities to Seton Hall. Bush would keep the scholarship, but only if whites could also apply.

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    More of a reason why we need to get this fool out of office. I commented briefly on this mater on another board. I'm in a graduate program right now on a minority scholarship & I know for a fact that I cannot afford to pay for out of state tuition & fees without this scholarship.

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