Last week’s protests in Jena, La. brought a flood of comments from people who apparently believe that in terms of racial justice, we are no better off now than when Martin Luther King was a boy. I’ve expressed some disagreement with that view while granting that no amount of government intervention will ever wipe out all traces of racism.
For further reading, here are two very well written, well argued pieces–one by a white writer, one by a black–asking whether every problem that plagues African-Americans can be traced to obdurate white racism. Check Orlando Patterson here and Heather MacDonald here.