Historical Racism Is Not the Singular Cause of Racial Disparity

Source: Quillette
by Samuel Kronen

“Even before the crescendo of Black Lives Matter last summer, the operative view among progressives was that historical racism is the overriding cause of racial disparities between black and white Americans today. … But ‘history’ is more than a record of injustices committed by one group against another. And the facts of history don’t fall from the sky, but are chosen and ordered according to the prevailing visions of our own time. A particular vision of race has been taking shape in the United States since the moral revolution of the civil rights era. At bottom, it is a vision at war with the notion of colorblindness and the moral logic that says, to quote Chief Justice John Roberts, ‘the way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.'” (07/16/21)