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Grist For Stone’S Mill


Imagine the fun that Oliver Stone would have directing a movie in which big business, a cadre of ex-military officers, and the rest of the establishment conspired to perpetuate a system of racial and ethnic discrimination. Add to the mix the fact that, when challenged, a state university commissioned a study justifying the discrimination, and then suppressed evidence that was inconvenient to the report it wanted to present at a federal trial. Finally—the latest development—suppose it was revealed that on appeal the chief judge deliberately manipulated the assignment of the case to make sure that the brave plaintiffs and their public interest lawyers challenging the discrimination lost. Look no further, Oliver! The University of Michigan affirmative-action cases are there in the public domain for your next brilliant film.