Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clinton Discusses Education with Black Journalists

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clinton Discusses Education with Black Journalists

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CHICAGO - With his most rousing defense yet of affirmative action, President Bill Clinton, last month, challenged Americans to confront "vexing, perplexing, often painful issues" of race so that they won't destroy the country's future.

Speaking to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the president admitted he is Xa little stumped" by the "shocking consequences" of plunging minority graduate school enrollment in California and Texas, where affirmative action programs have been halted.

"I don't understand that," Clinton said. "It's a great concern to me. I think it is moving the country in exactly the wrong direction."

The plunge in the number of minorities who will attend law schools in those two states next year shows what can happen when Americans fail to talk out and resolve racial problems, he said.

"The differences between people are so deep and so ingrained, it is so easy to scratch the surface and have something go wrong, he said. "We really have not only an opportunity but an obligation to address and to better resolve the vexing, perplexing, often painful issues surrounding our racial history and our future. …

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