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Innocents Abroad

Brazil recently adopted “affirmative action” policies. Here’s a Washington Post story on the fallout. It includes this detail: Brazilian “census forms contain more than 100 classifications focused on skin color; one category is ‘coffee with cream.’” This is the sort of thing that makes me believe Ward Connerly’s Racial Privacy Initiative in California is necessary. It also brings to mind a classic article by Thomas Sowell–”Affirmative Action: A Worldwide Disaster,” from Commentary in 1989–which I can’t find free on the web but may be purchased here.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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