Thursday, January 23, 2014

Race, Social Networks, and the Inequality Debate By Reihan Salam

Jamelle Bouie of The Daily Beast argues that President Obama, and left-liberals more broadly, are discounting the “unique and persistent disadvantages” facing black Americans in their public rhetoric, and that this has led them to make serious policy errors. I find Bouie’s central thesis compelling, though it takes us in different directions. For example, Bouie sees the Medicaid expansion of a paradigmatic example of where a “color-blind,” class-centric approach to inequality has undermined Democratic efforts to achieve egalitarian objectives: 

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