WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. By Ira Katznelson. pp. When Affirmative Action Was White has ratings and 81 reviews. ” penetrating new analysis” (New York Times Book Review) Ira Katznelson fundamentally. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in One can speculate that Ira Katznelson has been listening to some version of this .

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The cumulative affect of all this state-sanctioned privilege can be thought of as the original affirmative action. Nov 12, MJ rated it liked it. A book with a better exploration of alternatives to our history, and a better forward-looking guidance based in common sense, would have been a remarkable read on the subject.

It can occasionally be a difficult issue to finesse. The country passed new labor laws that promoted unions and protected people as they worked.

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Norton Company first published August 22nd An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Through mechanisms designed by Southern Democrats that spec In this “penetrating new analysis” New York Times Book Review Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the s and s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner.

Published August 17th by W. More general claims about racism in the country’s past are not enough. Much of the discussion about race and racism today seems overly personal to me, focusing more on the evil may lie in peoples’ hearts — rather than on demands that could be aimed at overcoming past, present and future injustice.

Robert Lieberman, Shifting the Katznelspn Line: This bias was expressed affkrmative limiting access to credit for mortgages, access to good healthcare, and job-training that wasn’t a scam. Feb 25, Pascal rated it really liked it.

We have to better understand our history as a country to make any progress when it comes to racial inequality. In light of the particular harms inflicted on blacks in multiple institutional spheres, it has to be possible to override the understangint hat equal protection ordinarly applies to individuals, not racital groups, in order “not only to end discrimination,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has hargued, “but also to counteract discrimation’s lingering effects.


Apr 02, Sam Dancis rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author briefly comments on the experiences of Catholics and Jews in his chapter on World War II; these comments could be elaborated and deepened. Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge. These gains swelled the wealth gap and essentially helped create a new white middle class while leaving blacks affirmatibe. I also found Katznelson’s framing of the book using Johnson’s speech, Powell’s legal doctrine, and affirmative action wyen be uninspired.

Wherever possible, race should not count for or against any given person. With this actlon, the broad target group for assertive federal policies would be poor Americans who face conditions produced by the constellation of the patterns of eligibility and administration the South placed upon the most important New Deal and Fair Acton programs.

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College of Arts and Sciences. This would not be permanent nor typical of how the government acts but to remedy a time when the government did act unjustly.

Discover what to read next. This policy could yield both tangible and symbolic compensation. Ira Katznelson Limited preview – The Democrats wanted to pass social legislation.

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Additionally, who cares about a legalistic defense of affirmative action as offered in this text? What an incredibly informative and eye-opening book. Katznelson makes a persuasive case for affirmative action hwen a corrective for identifiable instances of government intervention on behalf of white Americans, rather than as a generalized apology for racism. Honestly, I could have learned the central tenets of his thesis WITH supporting data in about pages.

During Jim Crow’s last hurrah in the s and s, when southern members of Congress controlled the gateways to legislation, policy decisions dealing with welfare, work, and war were repeatedly modified to exclude or treat differentially the vast majority of African Americans. Although many federal officials understood that black sharecroppers were the hardest hit group during the Great Depression, a full 65 percent of African Americans were denied access to social security benefits, government grants, elderly poor assistance, and unemployment insurance.


When Affirmative Action Was White

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The New Deal was the most progressive series of legislation ever when FDR signed it to boost the economy after the Depression. The title was intriguing to me. From the implementation of the Affirmqtive. The final two prongs of When Affirmative Action Was White look at the wartime experiences of African Americans and the discriminatory dimensions of the G.

Laws written without explicit racial preferences thus led to a cavernous racial outcome gap, one reflected in employment, income, health, and housing disparities.

When Affirmative Action Was White demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the s and s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner.

The Jim Crow influences on these policies are often forgotten or ignored because these policies did provide much support oatznelson African American citizens, but in a way that further advantaged white citizens and deepened the racial inequality.

As I said, this is just one example. Public policies, after all, have been the most decisive instruments dividing Americans into different racial groups with vastly different life circumstances and possibilities. Demonstrating the discriminatory features of federal programs is not necessarily the same thing as proving that they functioned as “affirmative action” for eastern and southern Europeans.

International Relations Religion Education Sports. The cumulative effect of these policies was the widening of the economic gap along racial lines. Even today, after the great achievements of civil wwhite and affirmative action, wealth for the typical white family, mainly in homeownership, is ten times the average net worth for blacks, and a majority of African-American children in our cities subsist below the federal poverty line.