Pol­icy, not blame

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“There are a plethora of con­ser­va­tive ideas that could dis­pro­por­tion­ately help blacks — con­trol­ling crime (through en­force­ment), re­duc­ing poverty (through wel­fare poli­cies that don’t dis­cour­age work), and im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion (through choice), for ex­am­ple. [. . .] It’s not a mat­ter of con­ser­va­tives throw­ing up their hands; it’s a mat­ter of shift­ing the de­bate from white racism to prob­lems pol­icy can ac­tu­ally help with.

“So there’s no rea­son that rec­og­niz­ing per­va­sive racism should bring con­ser­vatism to its knees. But con­ser­va­tives, dis­pro­por­tion­ately, are white, and that means many of the dis­crim­i­na­tors are likely con­ser­va­tives them­selves. As such, con­ser­va­tives (and white lib­er­als) should en­gage in some se­ri­ous in­tro­spec­tion, and en­cour­age their ide­o­log­i­cal com­pa­tri­ots to do the same. [. . .]

“Racial dif­fer­ences per­sist as a fact of life. Amer­i­cans will never stop notic­ing them and act­ing upon them — in that way we will never be truly, sta­tis­ti­cally col­or­blind. But good pol­icy can im­prove life for all Amer­i­cans, and con­ser­vatism has much to of­fer on that ques­tion.”

— Robert Ver­Bruggen, writ­ing on “Mod­ern Dis­crim­i­na­tion,” in the fall is­sue of Dou­ble­think

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