We continue the debate on the future of affirmative action in
response to Paul Starr's "Civil
Reconstruction: What to Do Without Affirmative Action,"
TAP , No.9. Winter 1992.
D iscussion of the candidacies of Pat
Buchanan and David Duke,
even of the Los Angeles riots,
have faded. But they should remain troubling. They are part of a
pattern of resurgent bigotry in American public affairs. That
pattern extends to some titularly
on the left, such as anti-Jewish City College of New York
professor Leonard Jeffries. But it is
reinforced when liberals play it safe by distancing themselves
from the issue of racial equality.
To be sure, that stance is tempting. Recent expressions of
bigotry may be mere vestiges of a
prejudice-scarred past that merit only benign neglect. Perhaps
the modern civil rights