In a recent column [~1997], George Will of the Washington Post, makes a thoughtful contribution to the national dialogue on race.
In that column, Mr. Will calls for the elimination of race classifications in the government census. Regular readers know that is a position I have long advocated. I welcome Mr. Will to my . . . → Read More: Stop Asking About Race in Census
In Alabama, racial tensions are manifest in all political and government activities, social and religious life, public and private educational institutions, the criminal justice system and nearly all economic matters. Given these tensions, it is not surprising that Governor James came under criticism for not appointing blacks to his staff.
There are only two . . . → Read More: James’ Appointments Troubling
Our nation’s democratic values face unanticipated dangers, as society moderates the higher status once ascribed blue-collar white males. A generation of white men (born between the end of World War II and before meaningful racial integration and equal opportunity for women began to take place in the late sixties and early seventies) who grew . . . → Read More: Government Should Aid White Males In Tough Transition
The current affirmative action debate exposes a resentful class of white male critics. They use tortured truth and convoluted facts to spew anecdotal misinformation regarding federal programs and policies designed to correct past racial and sexual discrimination. A recent column in the Montgomery Advertiser, “Nation Now Has Legal Caste System” by Paul Craig Roberts . . . → Read More: Affirmative Action Distorted Again
The affirmative action debate has grown very serious. The president has announced that he will cause a full review to be made of the programs. Presidential candidates have taken strong stands against affirmative action. There are congressional oversight hearings. A few angry white men have cried “reverse discrimination.” The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided in a 5-4 decision that the “government may treat people differently because of their race only for the most compelling reasons.” . . . → Read More: Affirmative Action Debate: Nation Must Not Set Aside Gains Made By Minorities
Just as the affirmative action debate soared in the turbulence of partisan politics, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively struck down the mother of all affirmative action…race-based congressional districts. It is ironic that Justice Clarence Thomas voted with the majority in the five to four decision. Ironic because many of Justice Thomas’ detractors during his confirmation process to the court went to great length explaining how he benefited from affirmative action. Branding the future United States Supreme Court Justice as a recipient of affirmative action was intended to stigmatize him, imply that he was unworthy to be a supreme court justice. . . . → Read More: Affirmative Action Debate: Discrimination Would Remain Illegal in Nation
Since the November 1994 elections, we have heard a lot of talk about the ‘angry-white-male’ but no one ever dreamed that one would become so angry as to car-bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, indiscriminately killing or wounding several hundred people. Why did young Timothy McVeigh become so angry? Is . . . → Read More: Dose of Truth Nation’s Best Antidote
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson defended affirmative action by arguing that you could not expect people who had been “hobbled” by years of segregation to compete equally. Today, affirmative action is under attack from several fronts. There are cases in Federal courts challenging racial preferences in laying off teachers, awarding contracts and admitting students. The new Republican majority in congress uses affirmative action to beat up on the Democratic Administration. On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidates will surely run against affirmative action. And more states are certain to follow California’s lead; where organizers are trying to put an initiative on next year’s ballot banning state-sanctioned “preferential treatment” based on race or gender. . . . → Read More: Race, Gender Gains Anger Some Males
Mrs. Virginia Durr (left) seated next to Mrs. Annie Mae Turner. The painting in the background is a Union Springs Street scene, a south view along Prairie Street.
Several weeks ago, I had a rare experience. I was present while Virginia Foster Durr and Annie Mae Paulk Turner talked about growing up in . . . → Read More: Union Springs Women of Courage