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U.S. Ruling on Scholarships

December 28, 1990

William Raspberry raises many points in his commentary "A Suspicious Bolt From the Blue," (Commentary, Dec. 18) most of which are fallacious and typify the racist attitudes of the minority.

To insinuate that the recent, now improperly amended, ruling regarding prohibitions against racially based scholarships came "out of the blue" is ludicrous. It was merely the consistent and proper application of federal law regarding the impropriety of programs that discriminate on the basis of race.

Further, to intimate that no one had been asking why such scholarships have been allowed to date is equally fallacious. Most thinking people, including blacks, have complained about and demanded an end of discrimination under the misnomer of "affirmative action" for many years.

To label Michael L. Williams' interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as "novel" is the epitome of buffoonery. His interpretation was exactly correct, proper and in compliance with the law. Moreover, had the tables been turned, the minority would have demanded that Williams' interpretation be adopted posthaste.

A fatal defect in Raspberry's logic is that the government is somehow responsible for equality of outcome. Nothing could be more preposterous. The government's responsibility is properly limited to ensuring equality of opportunity with the outcome allowed to be what ever it turns out to be.

J. ROBIN ROSSI

Hawthorne

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