Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action

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Appendix 6
FROM "THE CRITERIA OF ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT IN AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: SOME DOCUMENTS OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AT WORK"

This remarkable article (from Minerva, September 1976) is rarely referred to in most of the literature on affirmative action. I have omitted Minerva editor Edward Shills' brief inroduction. He does not state how the journal obtained the letters, only that specific names of individuals and institutions have been deleted.

The letters speak for themselves.


LETTERS FROM A LEADING PRIVATE UNIVERSITY ON THE WEST COAST

3 December, 1971

Chairman Department of Political Science University of. . . .

Dear Sir, -- I am writing you to inform you of an opening at Y . . . in American politics, and to ask you for assistance. The position is at the assistant professor level with a salary in the $11,000-12,500 range, depending on experience. Our primary need lies in the area of urban politics, but want to emphasize that we are looking for the strongest possible candidate, regardless of field specialization.

Y . . . University is deeply interested in increasing the number of minority members and women on its faculty. Toward this end, the University has recently announced an affirmative action program to assist individual departments in recruiting such candidates. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this position, would you please have them send their credentials and letters of recommendation to me?

Thank you for your assistance in this matter and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours, N. . . . M. . . . Chairman, Search Committee

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