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August 05, 2014

This construction is revealing

In "The right’s favorite new race guru: Why you should know Jason Riley" in Slate, Ian Blair, a Master's Candidate in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at NYU, writes:

Liberalism did not deny opportunity and prosperity to black Americans; instead, racism attached itself to liberal policies. . . . the liberal holy grail, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, was crafted specifically to include the racist traditions of the Jim Crow South.

"[R]acism attached itself": how did racism "attach" itself? Why? More importantly, if the "liberal holy grail," the New Deal, was "racist" what hope is there for any great Liberal reform, now or in the future?

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JKB

Would that be the same way the "racist traditions of the Jim Crow South" attached themselves to the segregation of the federal workforce by Woodrow Wilson?

Of course, that little act has been "whitewashed" by the Library of Congress. They artfully wrote the description on the exhibit to imply, Republicans

"In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson introduced segregation into federal government agencies. Black employees were separated from other workers in offices, restrooms, and cafeterias. Some were also downgraded; others discharged on fictitious grounds. Oswald Garrison Villard met privately with President Wilson to recommend the appointment of a National Race Commission to counter the new discriminatory policies. When President Wilson refused, the NAACP released this open letter of protest to the press. Segregation in the federal government persisted through the next three Republican administrations."

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/naacp/founding-and-early-years.html#obj20

Patrick R. Sullivan

For an antidote to the columnist's cluelessness, watch Jason Riley's appearance on C-Span's Afterwords;

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320049-1/words-jason-riley

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