Magazine December 29, 2008, Issue

His Uncle’s Son

Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in New York City in 1967 (Library of Congress)

On November 4, as the prospect of Barack Obama’s election had commentators harkening back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, voters in Colorado and Nebraska considered identical ballot initiatives that read like a summary of the Act itself: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” 

The driving force behind both initiatives was Ward Connerly, the former University of California regent who spearheaded successful efforts to ban racial preferences in California

In This Issue


Books, Arts & Manners


Never Give In

The British media now and again run polls to ask who are the greatest Englishmen of all time, and Winston Churchill invariably comes out on top.

His Uncle’s Son

Lessons from My Uncle James provides real-world examples of how bedrock civilizing principles are passed on — or, as James Louis himself might put it, how a boy is raised ...


The Week

The Week

Hillary Clinton paid $36 million for her Senate seat, but Obama’s was on the market for a mere $150,000.


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