Wiretap: The week in race-talk — schools, Nevada ranchers, affirmative action

 
As the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education approaches, it’s time to look at what it accomplished and what it hasn’t. Ronald Brownstein argues in the National Journal that the problem of resegregation isn’t as bad as some say, but that “racial and economic isolation remains daunting: One recent study found that three-fourths of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics attend schools where a majority of the students qualify as low-income.” What’s different today, he says, is that with the nation’s growing diversity, the stakes grow ever greater.

The real argument between John Roberts and Sonia Sotomayor: How we talk about race when we talk about race. Via Slate.

This may surprise you, but Charles Krauthammer thinks the court got it exactly right on affirmative action. Via the Washington Post.

For all of you who have missed seeing Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines, Politico has your back, writing that if the Democrats win in Alaska, it will be all Palin’s fault.

Borowitz Report: Republicans blast Cliven Bundy for not using the conventional racist code words. Via the New Yorker.

What Cliven Bundy doesn’t know: Why Nevada outlawed slavery – twice. Via the Atlantic.

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