Race far from dead as major issue, the South far from new

Recent Supreme Court décisions occasioned the following excellent contributing editorials from liberals in today’s “New York Times.”

Thomas Edsall on the marginalization of blacks in the South via gerrymandering and “bleaching.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/the-decline-of-black-power-in-the-south/

Linda Greenhouse on Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s dissent in Fisher vs. University of Texas:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/the-cost-of-compromise/?hp

All of this gives the lie, in my opinion, to the complacency of the likes of John McWhorter and Glenn Loury (see their recent discussion as regards the status of Afro-Americans in the USA).

http://bloggingheads.tv/videos/19417

No doubt, McWhorter and Loury will place their hopes for Afro-American advancement in the political process.  But the political process is broken, as the US becomes ever more polarized into red and blue states and is weakened by its absurdly outdated federalist system and too-powerful senate, which gives hugely disproportionate power to voters in rural states.  On this, see Robert Reich.

I hope to revive this blog.

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