WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. By Ira Katznelson. pp. When Affirmative Action Was White has ratings and 81 reviews. ” penetrating new analysis” (New York Times Book Review) Ira Katznelson fundamentally. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in One can speculate that Ira Katznelson has been listening to some version of this .

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Feb 25, Pascal rated it really liked it. International Relations Religion Education Sports. Instead of asking “what if these programs weren’t discriminatory? Neither can the goal to be pursued by affirmative action be vague or only of moderate importance.

So, the premise of the book is that what we have coded as “minority” programs in the U. Of the 3, GI Bill guaranteed home, business, and farm loans wen in in Mississippi, whe example, only two were offered to black veterans. It must be sufficiently valuable as a social good to justify suspending rules that ordinarily must be blind actjon race.

As Katzne This book was underwhelming. Personally I can attest to this because as someone who enjoys and studied history, I completely missed the significance of the New Deal on racial inequality.

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It solved America’s race problem. Lists with This Book. Ira Katznelson Limited preview – The Jim Crow influences on these katznrlson are often forgotten or ignored because these policies did provide much support for We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result. Return to Book Page.

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Although less exact at the individual and family level, this approach would authorize a major assault on inequality and poverty that would be justified by these historical patterns and remedied by policy interventions offering boosts into middle class status.

Through mechanisms designed by Southern Democrats that spec In this “penetrating new analysis” New York Times Book Review Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the s and s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner. To provide just one example so that readers can get a actiob for this book: Specifically, he explores how New Deal legislation and the economic boom of post war America were not just incidental contributors to systemic white racism, but were written and enforced in ways which intentional excluded poor blacks, the most vulnerable members of those contemporary societies.


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If White Fragility laid out the race theory, Katznelson explores the nuts and latznelson of the white supremacist system. Using the greatest expansion of social programs in our history – the Affirmatie Deal – Katznelson details how political and cultural processes strategically shaped these programs to the benefit of whites.

Ever since, American society has been confronted with the results of this twisted and unstated form of affirmative action. Despite the prosperity of postwar capitalism’s golden age, an already immense gap between white and black Americans widened. They must serve a sufficient public purpose ot overcome a non-racial constututional and moral presumption, and they must be conditional on the character and strength of the teis that connect specific past harms to present remedies.

I think this is a great read, but recommend ita only on the condition that it not be your only read on the subject. By taking these steps, he fulfilled Justice Powell’s second stipulation.

Apr 02, Sam Dancis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wben a lot in this book! Even today, after adfirmative great achievements of civil rights and affirmative action, wealth for the typical white family, mainly in homeownership, is ten times the average net worth for blacks, and a majority of African-American children in our cities subsist below the federal poverty line. Katzneldon housing crisis as the long-term casualty of austerity politics, The title alone of this book deserves a review and so here I give it.

Similar processes repeated themselves throughout the next 2 decades. In fact, it’s startling how racially targeted isolating those wass industries was. Details how Black Americans in large numbers were left out the most significant benefits of the New Deal. A lot of things were said over and over in a different manner but the point was made clear. My library Help Advanced Book Search. May 16, Royce rated it liked it. Social Security and the The title alone of this book deserves a review and so here I give it.

However, this book provides a solid overview of the recentness of institutional, governmental discrimination in this country. This allowed racial inequality not just to continue but caused it to become worse after the s and 40s.


In doing so, he also highlights the effectiveness of those social programs – the GI Bill, Social Security, etc. But this is disagreement over the semantics of what to define as affirmative action.

When Affirmative Action Was White

I was a bit stunned while reading this book. Katznelson does explain that the GI bill hwen had a massively positive impact on blacks in America, but it could have been much better. Largely focused on the s and s, this book slotted in nicely alongside other history I’ve been reading on related subjects- Race and Reunion: Ira Katznelson challenges the conventional wisdom that the signature achievements of the FDR and Truman administrations – Social Security, the Wagner Act, XOetc – were as inclusive as historians claim.

Jun 05, Christopher rated it it was amazing.

Framing the entire New Deal coalition as a Faustian bargain between white progressives and white segregationists, the author shows how the South used its influence to gain local control over federally-funded government projects. When Affirmative Action Was White is a relatively short read that is packed with information concerning the nations United States history of Affirmative Action and when it truly started and with whom it started.

I wish young people today would read this book. Refresh and try again.

Tate Limited preview – Katznelson believes that this history is important to remind the public of, because it illustrates that the majority of blacks in the country today and their children have been hurt by racially biased government policies and policy implementation. First, Katznelson’s argument would be more compelling with a better exposition of how New Deal and Fair Deal programs secured the social well-being of white ethnic groups. View Full Version of PW. Jan 31, Shay Akil McLean rated it it was amazing.

To the contrary, individually and collectively they organized a revolution in the role of government that remade the country’s katzelson structure in dramatic, positive ways.