The Other Affirmative Action

Beinart uses the recent NAACP-tea party spat to advocate for class-based affirmative action:

Not only would class-based affirmative action focus remedial efforts on those African Americans and Hispanics who need it most, it would link their fortunes to those of white working-class kids, and undermine the racial-partisan polarization that has marked the Obama years. More white working-class kids at Harvard would mean an American educational elite less easily caricatured by Fox News, and more able to speak across the red-blue divide.

Kevin Drum agrees. With statistics like these on America's fast-disappearing middle-class, they're onto something.