Allan Bakke was a 35 year old white man hoping to be admitted to the University of California Medical School at Davis.
I can't believe this!
No room for another white dude sorry.
Bakke had applied twice and been rejected both times.
I'm way more qualified than they are!
Under Affirmative Action, the University had reserved 16 out of 100 slots for "qualified minorities," which resulted in Bakke not being accepted.
There is no racially blind method of selection which will enroll today more than a trickle of minority students in the nation's colleges and professions.
...Mr. Bakke was deprived of the opportunity to attend the University of California Medical School at Davis because of the use of the 16 places by the special admissions program.
Bakke was outraged. Despite his higher college GPA and test scores, he was denied acceptance due to the quota set by the University of California.
He took his case first to the California Supreme Court, after which it was moved to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case was argued on October 12, 1977 by Reynold H. Colvin, representing the Bakke, and Archibald Cox, representing the University of California. It revolved around both the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.