We'd probably have more productive conversations if we just agreed that its not hugely useful to ask whether someone like Haley Barbour "is" a "racist," or to reflexively read that accusation into every criticism involving race. Then we could focus more narrowly on what ought to be a relatively uncontroversial proposition: That his misguidedly sanguine view of the Citizen's Councils reflects a lamentable (and perhaps self-serving) ignorance of the uglier aspects of his own state's history, and that we should expect our elected officials to be better informed.
Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.