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The end of civil rights

If we really want to fix inequality, it's time for a new approach

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By Richard Thompson Ford
May 17, 2009

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America's racial problems are persistent and vexing, and since the 1960s, the nation has used a powerful weapon to fix them: the ideas developed during the civil rights movement. Courts and government agencies enforce legal prohibitions against discrimination; private businesses and universities fashion their own diversity policies based on civil-rights principles. Even private individuals think about race relations in civil-rights ... (Full article: 2213 words)

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