One type of controversial affirmative action plan is the minority set-aside program. This Note will focus on the future of these plans in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co. First, an examination of the background of affirmative action leading up to set-asides is in order. Second, this Note will analyze City of Richmond and the constitutional and social issues at stake, balancing whether minority set-asides are needed with the recognition that discrimination and lack of economic opportunity for minorities still exists in our society. Finally, the Note will examine several lower court cases in which judges have already begun to apply the City of Richmond analysis. The conclusion is that City of Richmond was rightly decided as this country moves into the 1990's and seeks to achieve the goal of true racial equality.
Note, The Future of Minority Set-Aside Programs after City of Richmond, 38 Clev. St. L. Rev. 487 (1990)