Is equal rights the road not taken?
In the thread, “Why Baltimore is in such bad shape, Karl J. writes, in part:
The problem with the past 50 years is that the ideal of equal rights was abandoned almost as soon as it became politically feasible. Black agitation for civil rights morphed into the struggle for “Black Power,” and white liberals aimed to produce equality, not of rights, but of results. The result has been “Affirmative Action” in its various forms: which is to say, racial separatism combined with coercive egalitarianism.To which I reply:
If you believe that, if you believe that the liberalism we have now is only “actually existing liberalism” and that we have not yet tried “true liberalism,” then you are a right-liberal who hasn’t had second thoughts. As I wrote in my article, “How the 1964 Civil Rights Act made racial group entitlements inevitable,” the only way that invidious discrimination against blacks could have been removed without resulting in the anti-white, racial-socialist system we have now, would have been for the civil rights legislation and the accompanying ideological goals to have been much far less reaching than they actually were. The white majority needed to say something like the following:See Karl’s full comment, along with James N.’s and my further replies, in the original thread.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 25, 2012 12:17 PM | Send