How Should the Effects of American Racism Be Remedied?

Written by Robert Justin Lipkin on June 29th, 2009

Given the irrefutable fact that hundreds of years of oppressing a class of individuals through slavery and Jim Crow discrimination and segregation will determine to a large extent the skills and abilities those individuals will possess, how does a rational, just society remedy the deficiencies imposed on the class of individuals by the oppressors? The Supreme Court with almost grotesque consistency insists that compensatory racial justice is unacceptable or when conceivably acceptable subject only to the highest form of judicial scrutiny. OK! If the easy means of taking race into consideration is rejected, what is the appropriate means for for a just society to remedy centuries of oppression?  Throughout America’s war with race, few ideas have been advanced to answer this question.  Should minorities simply pull themselves up by their boot straps? What is the fair and rational answer to this question?


Comment by Carl
2009-07-06 11:31:25

You do nothing. That is it. You end repeal any laws that exist that explicitly enforce segregation (already done) and then let the chips fall where they may. Take schools for example. After you ban segregation they should have done nothing beyond that. Let natural patterns (people of different races moving in and out of different areas) integrate schools. If it took a week, fine…if it took a 200 years, fine. Race should not be a consideration…EVER. If an objective test produced a 100% white fire dept., that is fine. Just as it would be fine if an objective test produced a 100% black fire dept. You do not judge the merits of a test by the outcome.

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2009-07-07 18:07:30

Doing nothing after centuries of exploiting African American labor for white benefit and luxury? Just what conception of justice does this response involve?

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