Wounds That Will Not Heal: Affirmative Action and Our Continuing Racial Divide

Racial preference policies came on the national scene as a response to the urban riots of the late 1960s. Many influential policy planners concluded that more had to be done to address the problem of black poverty and alienation than could be achieved through the color-blind theory of justice that had done so much to inspire the earlier Civil Rights Movement. In the more than forty years that preference policies have been with us, however, they continue to provoke resentment and grievance, particularly among poor whites, Asians, and so-called “white ethnics.”

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