Magazine March 11, 2019, Issue


Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz delivers remarks at the Starbucks 2016 Investor Day in Manhattan, N.Y., December 7, 2016. (Andrew Kelly/REUTERS)

Racism and History

I found David French’s “Those Bootstraps Still Work” (February 25) interesting. Does Mr. French think institutional barriers and systemic racism have been present in the past against black Americans? If he acknowledges that African Americans have legitimate grievances, then couldn’t he believe that working-class whites are now experiencing a similar lack of opportunities, and similar neglect and derogation by the middle and upper classes?

Couldn’t that same system that was guilty of racism against blacks now be being weaponized against poor whites?

F. S. Borman
Lexington, Ky.

David French responds: In my piece, I outlined a number of the systemic barriers that

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