From 1993: America's Changing Urban Politics
Big cities are turning against Bloomberg-style mayors. This 1993 TNR piece explains why we first turned to them.
Al Gore, racial moralist
The closing weeks of 1997 were not tranquil ones for President Clinton's national initiative on race. Trouble erupted on November 19, when the panel's chairman, John Hope Franklin, offended even supporters of the initiative by excluding Ward Connerly, the the chief advocate of California's Proposition 209, from a forum on diversity in higher education. Clinton himself clashed awkwardly with Abigail Thernstrom, another opponent of affirmative action, at a presidential town meeting on race on December 3 in Akron, Ohio.
November 5 and the good news about race
For several years now, as the Supreme Court has ruled again and again to limit the scope of race-based election districting, its decisions have prompted howls of outrage and prophecies of doom. Miller v. Johnson, which invalidated two majority-black districts in Georgia in 1995, was a "definite setback," said Deval Patrick, assistant attorney general for civil rights. It portended "a return to the days of all-white government," warned ACLU voting-rights specialist Laughlin McDonald.
The keynoter's Staten Island roots
The Staten Island Advance, daily diary of New York City's "forgotten" white-ethnic borough, called Borough President Guy Molinari at home on July 15 with the news that his daughter would keynote the Republican National Convention. "What? Really? And here I thought I was going to be staying home from the convention to baby-sit," he said, with his characteristic familial/political spin.
Review of Al Sharpton's autobiography
To explain why he has written his autobiography now, at 41, the Reverend Al Sharpton cites as a "defining episode" his stabbing by a white man on January 12, 1991, as he prepared to lead a march in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst section, where a black youth had been murdered by local whites.
O.J.'s acquittal and the experience of race
Asked by a New York television interviewer whether the controversy over O.J. Simpson's acquittal reflects differences of perception based on race, the Reverend Al Sharpton replied, "It's not the perception of race; it's the experience of race in the criminal justice systems" where blacks have been treated so differently for so long.
After you've gone
If one can learn anything new about the deceased by noticing who speaks at their funerals, then the recent mourning for New York Newsday, the 10-year-old "tabloid in a tutu," which was killed by its parent, Times Mirror Company, on July 16, was instructive. Quite inadvertently, the encomia revealed that it wasn't really "the people" who'd lost a paper; it was liberal civic activists, academics and upscale "diversity" enthusiasts.
Bradley's quiet, compelling message
When a prominent senator speaks powerfully in public at a time when his own president seems mortally wounded, it's inevitable that rumors of presidential aspirations begin.
Giuliani and what might have been
When New York City Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani crossed party lines to endorse Governor Mario Cuomo on October 24, he romanced panicky liberal Democrats into denial both about Cuomo's senescence and about the disaffection of moderate Democrats.
Sharpton vs. Moynihan
"One night in South Africa, I came home from Nelson Mandela's inauguration, turned on the T.V. and saw Moynihan in the funeral procession for Richard Nixon," thundered the Rev. Al Sharpton to the New York State Democratic Convention in Buffalo in June, where he hyped his Senate campaign against Daniel Patrick Moynihan. "He was helping to bury Richard Nixon, while I was helping to bury apartheid. Both of us were where our lives had led us!"