Haywood Burns was dean of the law school of the City University of New York. On a visit to South Africa he died tragically in an auto accident at age 55 on April 2, 1996.
. . . The attempts to compare the experience of racial minorities in this country to the hardships of white immigrants and their progeny and to say to racial minorities, "They made it. Why can't you?" is to completely misapprehend the two situations. Discrimination and prejudice against various white groups in this country, as bad as they have been, are of a completely different order and character than those experienced by racial minorities. Discrimination and prejudice are not the same as legally and judicially sanctioned caste oppression.