Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

The New Segregationists

Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, Wash., June 22, 2020 (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)
How progressives contribute to systemic racism

The Black Lives Matter movement, we are told, has heralded a “national reckoning” on race. Every example of racial disparities — from arrest rates to income inequality — is now proof of systemic racism, with guilt apportioned by social category, on a cui bono basis. That bodes ill for this reckoning, because many and perhaps most racial disparities today arise not from racial discrimination, but rather from the very policies that progressives are now insisting we need more of.

Just like “Black Lives Matter,” the phrase “systemic racism” means different things to different people. For the more radical activists, those slogans

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.

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