Saturday, July 12, 2008

"racial justice on the cheap"

in last sunday's ny times, there is an opinion piece that provides another angle on what we seem to ignore, for the most part, in this country - racial inequality.  i appreciated this article that digs far deeper than the controversial issue of affirmative action and exposes the true crisis of poverty among the majority of african americans.  it is something that surrounds geoff, isaac and me in our neighborhood and we are not only left without answers, we're left without the right questions.

the commentator laments that

those who suffer most from the legacy of racial oppression are not competing for spaces in the entering classes of the nation's most selective colleges.  millions of them are not finishing high school.  we countenance vast disparities in education in america, in where children start and where they come out.  and we do not even want to talk about it.

it's worth reading - affirmative distraction


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