Affirmative Action and the Legacy of Racial Injustice
Over 40 years ago, Gunnar Myrdal, in his seminal book An American Dilemma, dissected the moral problem of American racism as it had never been dissected before. His key insight is by now a cliché: that a terrible tension existed in American society between its professed ideals of equality and fairness based on individual merit and the reality of brutal, suffocating oppression based on skin color. This tension was said to create a dissonance in the American psyche so sharp that it threatened to split us asunder, but if we came to grips with it and made genuine efforts to make reality conform to our ideals, it could be the source of our redemption.
KeywordsAffirmative Action Racial Discrimination Moral Issue Black Child Black Worker
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