Providing a well-rounded presentation of the constitution and evolution of civil rights in the United States, this book will be useful for students and academics with an interest in civil rights, race and the law. Abraham L Davis and Barbara Luck Graham's purpose is: to give an overview of the Supreme Court and its rulings with regard to issues of equality and civil rights; to bring law, political science and history into the discussion of civil rights and the Supreme Court; to incorporate the politically disadvantaged and the human component into the discussion; to stimulate discussion among students; and to provide a text that cultivates competence in reading actual Supreme Court cases.
Chapter 5: The Rehnquist Court: The Era of Retrenchment and Unpredictability, 1986–1995
The Rehnquist Court: The Era of Retrenchment and Unpredictability, 1986–1995
The result of a Rehnquist-led majority would be an equal protection clause that offers little protection to racial minorities; virtually no protection to women, aliens and illegitimates; and no “special” preferential treatment to members of traditionally disadvantaged groups.
A More Conservative Policy Direction for Civil Rights
The Reagan administration (1980–1988) took a restrictive approach to federal civil rights enforcement.1 For example, when the authorization of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was about to expire in 1983, President Ronald Reagan, disturbed by the activist agenda of the commission, fired the three Democratic Commissioners—Mary Frances Berry, Blandina Cardenas Ramirez, and Murray Saltzman. His nominees, Morris Abram, John Bunzel, ...