Thursday, October 06, 2005

"Affirmative action for whites."

In the Washington Post, Ira Katznelson writes:

Hurricane Katrina's violent winds and waters tore away the shrouds that ordinarily mask the country's racial pattern of poverty and neglect. Understandably, most commentators have focused on the woeful federal response. Others, taking a longer view, yearn for a burst of activism patterned on the New Deal. But that nostalgia requires a heavy dose of historical amnesia. It also misses the chance to come to terms with how the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s contributed to the persistence of two Americas.
This is just a teaser. Make sure you read the whole thing.

(via Cynthia's Interests)