Interview with Luke Harris
QUESTION 12
JACKIE SHEARER:

Should law be color conscious?

LUKE HARRIS:

Well, I think that if you're going to understand why it is that, ah, Affirmative Action is important in contemporary American society, you have to understand why it is. Ah, at the end of the '60's, Affirmative Action programs were created to begin with. I mean the reality is that Affirmative Action programs were created to offset a range of institutional measures, ah, that existed in American higher education, that ah--



JACKIE SHEARER:

Should law be color conscious?

LUKE HARRIS:

Well, to answer that question, it seems to me that you really have to look at the nature of the kind of multi-racial, multi-cultural society that we live in and within that context you have to look why it was that Affirmative Action came into existence at the end of the '60's, to begin with. Affirmative Action came into existence because for the first time in American history, institutions of higher education had made a determination that it was going to be important to create a situation where the, ah, the human province, the individual capabilities, the individual potentialities of people of color would receive a propitious environment in which they could mature and develop and flower and blossom in a way that had never taken place in this country. And what institutions of American education had to do across this country in order to make that real was to deal with a range of, ah, institutional measures that had to be built upon the normal admissions process in off, in order to offset a range of criteria called the traditional admissions criteria, that would have obscured the human promise of a whole generation of people of color in this society.