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Wednesday, October 16, 2002
1:55 PM

Here's a brave black academic arguing that affirmative action should be abandoned and meanwhile is making life easier for white nationalists. I can only imagine what kind of names this modern George Orwell is called. But "George Orwell" isn't one of them. From the Washington Times:

Backlash building in white America
By Robert Stacy McCain

In her new book, The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration," Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain "infuriates her critics," says the Chronicle of Higher Education, by arguing "that society should combat white nationalists in part by acknowledging the legitimacy of some of their grievances" — specifically by abolishing affirmative action and reducing immigration...

Q: You are also critical of multiculturalism, and you've called white nationalism "the monster that identity politics created." What do you mean by that?

A: Multiculturalism provided white nationalists with the language to justify a parallel form of identity politics for white Americans. If all people have the right to protect their distinct cultural, political and genetic identity then, the white nationalists say, white people have the same rights. They use the language that minorities have developed and apply it to white people, and it works just as well. I think multiculturalism itself has gone too far. It takes us too far from the American ideal of having one national identity. And it encourages all groups to think in terms of distinct group interests that compete with the interests of all other Americans....

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