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The Racial Conversation



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In my NRO column today, I join Jonah and Bill Kristol in ridiculing the notion that America needs more discussion of race. In this regard, though, I want to mention something about Sunday’s Washington Post editorial that, predictably, urges America to “Keep Talking.”

The interesting thing about the Post editorial is that, less predictably, it gives only one example of how more discussion would be fruitfulnamely asking Senator Obama to reconcile, on the one hand, statements he has made recognizing problems with racial preferences (notably, in university admissions) and busing with, on the other hand, statements he has made supporting racial preferences (notably, in university admissions) and busing. Well, yes, I wouldn’t mind some discussion of that.



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