Abigail Thernstrom

July 27, 2010

-- Leon Wieseltier ponders France's burqa ban. -- Abigail Thernstrom on the Black Panther case. -- Harold Meyerson on the end of a major labor war. -- In New Hampshire, Sarah Palin's endorsement has badly hurt the Republican senatorial candidate.

The End of the Fox News Era
July 26, 2010

Washington—The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics.

Education's Tea Partier
March 15, 2010

Almost 20 years ago, as a young editor at The Public Interest, I wrote an admiring review of The American Reader, an anthology compiled by Diane Ravitch. At the time, a battle was raging over multicultural education, and Ravitch joined the fray with a wonderful collection of speeches, songs, essays, and poems spanning the nation’s history.

Playing the Race Card (But Not the Way You Think)
October 12, 2009

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) has released a public letter concerning HR3200, the main House health reform bill. Many people have framed health reform as a civil rights concern. More than one-fifth of African-Americans, and more than one-third of Hispanic Americans, are uninsured. Race/ethnic disparities in access to high-quality medical care are profound. Disparities in health status and lifespan are even larger, and must be counted among the most serious structural inequalities in American society.

"indifference To The Truth"
September 06, 2007

Until Proven Innocent is a book I have not read. But anything that Abigail Thernstrom has ever told me to read expands my knowledge and stretches my mind. She reviews the volume in this morning's Wall Street Journal.This book, written by Stuart Taylor Jr., perhaps the most trusted legal reporter in the country, and KC Johnson, an irreverent but scrupulous American historian, deals with the Duke scandal. No, not the endemic one.

Against Reparations
July 23, 2001

The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks by Randall Robinson (Plume, 262 pp., $13) I can buy a big house in an exclusive neighborhood. I can buy a fancy car or two. I can send my kids to private school. I can work hard and empower myself. Oprah Winfrey pulled herself up by the bootstraps.