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Liberal anti-racism

Positive discrimination is nearly defunct in America, so why should it work over here?

By David G Green   October 2001

One of the most urgent challenges of our time is to establish a liberal tradition of anti-racism. At present the anti-racist movement has been captured by people whose policies tend to heighten the importance of race rather than to diminish it. In the liberal tradition, a person’s race should be like any other first impression-not something a reasonable person would attach much weight to.

Yet the Blair government is in the process of copying US anti-discrimination laws just at a time when many Americans are having second thoughts. In particular, the implementation of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 will…

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