Beyond the Crazy Headlines
RECKON WITH OUR HISTORY
Our nation has not fully reckoned with its fraught racial history, whether by acknowledging the truth of our often horrific and undemocratic history of racial apartheid or by recognizing and celebrating the times that we have made progress.
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT RACE-NEUTRAL POLICIES ARE RARELY RACE-NEUTRAL
From New Deal policies to mandatory minimum sentencing, race-neutral or colorblind policies have most often led to racially unequal outcomes.
TRICKLE-DOWN POLICIES HAVE DISPROPORTIONATELY HURT PEOPLE OF COLOR, BUT ALSO THE WHITE MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASSES
[T]he era in which government programs and investments built the white middle class was ended just as black Americans achieved equal access to these public goods.
MOVE AWAY FROM UNIVERSAL POLICIES AND TOWARDS TARGETED UNIVERSAL POLICIES
[O]ver the past 30 years neoliberalism has also hurt the white middle class. As Ian Haney-López argues, dog whistle politics kept most working and middle-class whites from seeing the true culprit of their economic pains.
EXPLICITLY INCLUSIVE RULES WORK
A 21st century plan for inclusion must accept the reality of unequal starting points and opportunities.
WHO WRITES THE RULES MATTERS
[W]e should rewrite our electoral rules to ensure full political inclusion of marginalized communities—people of color and poor and working-class Americans of all races—who have been on the losing end of economic and racial rules …