Race

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"Mongrel America" (January/February 2003)
The most important long-term social fact in America may be the rising rates of intermarriage among members of ethnic and racial groups. A glimpse into our mestizo future. By Gregory Rodriguez

"The Black Gender Gap" (January/February 2003)
It may be the greatest policy achievement in recent history: over the past decade significant numbers of formerly welfare-dependent black women have successfully entered the work force. But what about black men? By Katherine Boo

"Interracial Intimacy" (December 2002)
White-black dating, marriage, and adoption are on the rise. This development, however, is being met with resistance—more vocally by blacks than by whites. By Randall Kennedy

"Reversing White Flight" (October 2002)
Even if vouchers don't improve schools, they will almost certainly improve neighborhoods. By Jonathan Rauch

"The FBI and Martin Luther King" (May 2002)
The FBI's wiretapping of King was precipitated by his association with Stanley Levison, a man with reported ties to the Communist Party. By David J. Garrow

"A Surprise but not a Success" (May 2002)
Though Richard Nixon meant to do the right thing, his actions were at odds with his principles. By Tamar Jacoby

"Lawyers and Lizard-Heads" (May 2002)
The prison letters of James Earl Ray, the man who once confessed to killing Martin Luther King Jr. By Douglas Brinkley and Anne Brinkley

"Blind Spot" (April 2002)
Racial profiling, meet your alter ego: affirmative action. By Randall Kennedy

"Don't Call Us" (March 2001)
Why the FBI isn't hiring black women. By Jack Owens

"Notes on the Murder of Thirty of my Neighbors" (March 2000)
Killing sprees in suburban schools are rare and shocking events. Imagine, then, living in a neighborhood where a sign in a laundromat asks patrons to be sure, before putting their clothes in the wash, to empty all pockets of bullets. By Jim Myers

"A Just Cause" (February 2000)
A review of Randall Robinson's The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. By Jack Beatty

"Thin Ice: 'Stereotype Threat' and Black College Students" (August 1999)
On tests, even well-prepared middle-class black college students lag behind their white counterparts. A prominent black psychologist investigates why. By Claude M. Steele

"Technology Versus African Americans" (January 1999)
From the caravel to the cotton gin, technological innovation has made things worse for blacks. Will the information revolution be any different? By Anthony Walton

"The Conservative Line on Race" (November 1997)
In a book uniting social science with ideological argument, the authors contend that African-Americans should rejoice in the progress they have made since the 1960s, stop playing "the race card" and renounce the other articles of racial liberalism. By Glenn C. Loury

"My Race Problem—and Ours" (May 1997)
A consideration of touchy matters—racial pride, racial solidarity, and racial loyalty—rarely discussed. By Randall Kennedy

"Whatever Happened to Integration?" (February 1997)
"In short, the liberal believes that whites are the problem, the conservative that blacks are the problem. Any thinking black person must sit between these contesting categorizations, which have existed since antebellum days, feeling something between bemusement and contempt." By Gerald Early

"The Code of the Streets" (May 1994)
A prominent black sociologist traces the origins of a powerful inner-city psychology of respect which creates a perverse etiquette of violence—and holds even "decent" youths in its grip. By Elijah Anderson

"Reverse Racism, or How the Pot Got to Call the Kettle Black" (November 1993)
In America "whites once set themselves apart from blacks and claimed privileges for themselves while denying them to others" the author writes. "Now, on the basis of race, blacks are claiming special status and reserving for themselves privileges they deny to others. Isn't one as bad as the other? The answer is no." A distinguished professor confronts the objections to affirmative action and offers a spirited rebuttal. By Stanley Fish

"Black Nationalism on Campus" (January 1993)
Nationalism among middle-class blacks mystifies other Americans. The author reports on his conversations with black college students. By Nicholas Lemann

"Race and the Schooling of Black Americans" (April 1992)
At every educational level something depresses black achievement, writes the author, a well-known social scientist. That something, he believes, goes beyond poverty, social isolation, and poor preparation: it is stigma. By Claude M. Steele

"Race," (May 1991)
When Americans talk about government spending, about welfare, about crime, about unemployment, or about values, they are to some degree also talking about race. Race is the subtext of American politics. By Thomas Byrne Edsall with Mary D. Edsall

"Interracial Coalitions" (June 1990)
For conservatives, positing a "new generation" of moderate black politicians preserves the Reagan-era contention that the problems facing minorities are largely of their own making. By Paul Ruffins

"A Question of Fairness" (February 1987)
Clarence Thomas, a black, and the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, does not believe in integration, affirmative action, or the possibility of a colorblind society. His job, he believes, is to protect individuals, not groups. By Juan Williams

"The Issue Before the Court: Who Gets Ahead in America?" (November 1977)
The case before the court: The Regents of the University of California v. Allan Bakke. The essence of it comes down to one perplexing question: Should we reduce opportunity for some whites, in some ways, in order to enhance opportunity for some blacks and other victims of long-standing discrimination? By McGeorge Bundy

"Getting Whitey" (August 1977)
"The white is being paid back for years of portraying blacks in movies as simple, shiftless, and stupid, although occasionally faithful and brave as well." By David Denby

"The New Racialism" (August 1968)
The liberals have been confusing their vocabulary, talking of "racism" when they mean "racialism" and have been abandoning their traditional opposition to decentralized government and racial quotas. The results may be dangerous. By Daniel P. Moynihan

"The White Northerner: Pride and Prejudice" (June 1966)
In the course of his research into the day-to-day realities of race relations Dr. Coles, a psychiatrist in the Harvard University Health Services, found little ground for the smugness Northerners frequently display when they talk of integration and the South. By Robert Coles, M.D.

"A Plea for Straight Talk Between the Races" (December 1960)
"The old hypocritical kind of communication between the races has broken down, and that is good. We can now build good human relations on truth, honesty, and sincerity." By Benjamin E. Mays

"Segregation and the Supreme Court" (July 1954)
"One should never forget the immense moral pressure of such a great judgment as that just announced, and its capacity to persuade men of good will who have been doubting and hesitating." By Arthur E. Sutherland



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Affirmative Action Review: Report to the President

Pilot Online—Affirmative Action: A Four Part Special Series

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