Just one minor detail - they had no problem with the top 5, those were all white guys. Problem was the next 5. Because apparently they needed to meet some kind of quota, they also had to hire some blacks and some females. Based upon pure qualifications, the top 147 candidates were ALL white males. So literally to hire the last 5 candidates, they had to start at number 148 and ended up going down to number 346 of the list of applicants.
For the era, the effort was great in theory, just completely stupid in application. The theory was that due to numerous factors(in particular back in the 1970's and 80's), minorities had been deliberately denied education and work experience opportunities and as a consequence of that, their resumes were doomed to be lackluster. So needing to pick the 348th ranked applicant to fill one of 10 job openings was somewhat okay.
Their failing was supposed to have been lack of resume, and maybe a shortfall in experience that could be corrected with some "minor" on-the-job training. They also were expected to be highly motivated to make the most of the opportunity given. Meaning the net result was supposed to be win-win for all involved.
Except they ignored one fundamental aspect about ALL natural systems, and human behavior is not immune: They tend to ALWAYS follow the path of least resistance.
It applies to water, it applies to electricity, it applies to flight, it applies to a lot of things, up to and including "don't feed the bears."
Human beings are remarkable for many reasons, most significantly when it comes to our ability to NOT take the path of least resistance. Or in the words of one person, "We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
However, at our core, we are still creatures of nature, and are susceptible to natural failings. LBJ's "Great Society" made things "easy"/easier for blacks, while simultaneously making them harder for Whites.
I haven't really investigated him too much, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest he never truly stopped being a racist. He just started playing a very different game, one that plays out over a much longer time scale