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“My unborn child makes some whites uncomfortable.”

It has been an occasional refrain of this page to suggest that, in these modern times, we are ready to end racial division, if only we’ll allow ourselves to end racial division. The floodgates that have yet to rise are the influential affluent white liberal set. They’re do-gooders who have convinced themselves that good cannot be done until Republicans are out of the way. That non sequitur—that political element—is a handy excuse to continue discriminatory, divisive policies, like entitlements and affirmative action. Do-gooders never quite explain the Republican threat, except to say that they’re racists. Making that claim, absurd as it is, is easier than explaining why hyper race-conscious policies make any sense at all, if the goal is to end race consciousness.

And so it is has been an occasional refrain of this page that leftists’ obsession with race betrays leftists’ remainder race issues, while conservatives, as a matter of principle (if you really need to believe that conservatives are all fat monocled money grubbers, then call it an economic principle), are ready to blindly, fully, unquestioningly embrace equality of opportunity.

A beautifully written story in The Wall Street Journal plays a variation on this theme. The piece was written by Journal editor Jason Riley, who is black and whose wife is expecting. Here is a short excerpt:

It’s no surprise that these comments all came from white people; surveys have long demonstrated that blacks are much more accommodating of interracial relationships. More noteworthy is that in all but a couple of cases, the remarks came from white people parked on the political left, the kind of superior folks who might run you down in their Prius for even suggesting that they harbor racial hang-ups. As liberals constantly tell themselves, only conservatives have race issues.

But you know the truth is closer to the opposite. It is the left’s obsession with skin pigmentation—invoking it everywhere and always, regardless of its relevance—that keeps race front and center not only in our public policy debates but even in everyday life. In his latest book, “White Guilt,” Shelby Steele tackles this phenomenon with his usual peerless eloquence. He describes the endless frustration of dealing with whites “who have built a large part of their moral identity and, possibly, their politics around how they respond to your color.”


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