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The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy Paperback – May 1, 1997


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Readers who find attacks on recent civil rights laws and regulations too mild will relish Roberts and Stratton's shifting of the debate back to the 1950s. "The demise of liberalism" and "the assault on freedom of conscience" have their roots, the authors argue, in Brown v. Board of Education and the 1964 Civil Rights Act: "Democracy gave way to judicial and regulatory edicts, and persuasion gave way to coercion." In their defense of democracy, majority rule, and goodwill as the vital bulwarks of a liberal social order that must be rescued from decades of judicial dictatorship and "the proliferation of privilege," Roberts and Stratton take shots at everyone from Gunnar Myrdal to Lani Guinier, but the venom they heap on "critical race theory" legal scholars in particular--comparing them to anti-Semitic proto-Nazis--marks this analysis as more extreme than it may at first appear. Curiously, Roberts and Stratton seem not to notice that quotas and privileges were essential tools in the distribution of wealth and power in the U.S. long before Earl Warren was born. Popular subject, expect demand. Mary Carroll --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paul Roberts and Lawrence Stratton maintains that one of the great ironies of history is the "colorblind" 1964 Civil Rights Act which resulted in stripping white males of their constitutional protections and turning them into second-class citizens. The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy maintains that it is now legally necessary to discriminate against white males in order to avoid civil rights lawsuits and to achieve mandated race and gender proportionally in the work force, university admissions, training programs, mortgage financing, and even disciplinary actions. Civil rights legislation has turned America into a caste society. There are two classes of citizens: those protected by civil rights laws and white males who are not. That this problem began when the Supreme Court based its public school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, on the premise that the innate racism of white Americans precluded a democratic solution to segregation. Thus, Brown resolved segregation at the expense of the democratic process. The 1964 Civil Rights Act substituted coercive regulation for freedom of conscience, thus displacing another bedrock of democracy. The authors proposed solution is goodwill, persuasion, and freedom of conscience as the avenues to social progress if Americans are to preserve their democracy. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895264234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895264237
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gary C. Christopher on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a riveting and well written account of a period in our history that I previously knew little about. Even supporters of school desegregation (as we all are nowadays) will be shocked by the intellectual dishonesty through which victory was achieved in this case. And even more disturbing is the blatant diregard shown by the courts for the will of the majority as expressed through our legislative institutions. It may have all worked out for the best in Brown v. Board, but it hasn't in many, many subsequent cases where the courts have overreached their authority.
I am looking forward to reading Robert's and Stratton's next book.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Deckard on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I think it telling that the ANONYMOUS reviewer on Feb. 2nd below seemed to have little to say about the book, but instead bloviated about the vast-right wing conspiracy. I doubt he/she read it - probably just some Democrat intern with little else to do.
This book offered an actual in-depth inspection of the danger of allowing the courts to rule - something the Founding Fathers warned about but continues to go on with barely a mention. I think the Founding Fathers would have been disappointed in our apathy. They fought a revolution for less.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By southpaw68 VINE VOICE on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a thought-provoking book that may make the reader angry at times to read about the discrimination against whites under the guise of affirmative action. The ideals of hiring the best qualified person for the job is being destroyed by the desire to have equality of results and not equal opportunity. This practice can be dangerous such as in fields like medicine, if doctors are certified because of race and not because of competence.

The authors talk a lot about how it is essential to have good will among citizens for a democratic government to work. The reader may come to the conclusion that in a free society you may have to give fellow citizens freedom of association and even the freedom to discriminate, rather than coercing people by the power of federal bureacracy to hire without discriminating. It is pointed out that if an employer does not hire on merit alone, his business will be uncompetitive in the market. Essentially, we have an ineffecient market now because the best qualified are not hired according to ability. The social thinker Gunnar Myrdal thought that democracy could not get rid of racism, perhaps because of this lack of good will, and decided it would be better to enforce equality with the power of the state in his highly influential book An American Dilemma.

The New Color Line covers the Brown court decision in which the authors give evidence of this being the beginnings of what is called rule by judges or judicial tyranny today. Legal precedent was swept away for touchy feely sociological arguments based on doubtful research that the judges would base their decisions upon. "Creative judicial decisions" similar to "creative bookkeeping" that did not have any basis in the constitution were imposed on the populace.
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