Without Justice for All: The New Liberalism and Our Retreat from Racial Equality questions, examines, and explains the way a new orthodoxy of American leaders has contributed to the social stratification and inequality which plagues America today. By looking at the history of our social policies since the New Deal, as well as the status of specific policy arenas, essayists show how political shifts over the past fifty years have moved us away from a more egalitarian politics. Throughout, the book responds critically to the now conventional argument that liberalism must be reconfigured in ways that retreat from immediate identification with the interests of labor, minorities, and the poor. From a look at federal housing policy and the failure of New Deal social programs to an examination of long established public assistance programs and Affirmative Action, Without Justice for All is a timely and important contribution to the dialogue on race in modern America.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The New Liberal Orthodoxy on Race and Inequality -- The New Orthodoxy on Race and Inequality -- Bill Clinton and the Politics of the New Liberalism -- “Why Can’t They Be Like Our Grandparents?” and Other Racial Fairy Tales -- The Great Family Fraud of Postwar America -- Race, Ideology, and Social Policy: Beneath a Mystified Rhetoric -- Race in the American Welfare State: The Ambiguities of “Universalistic” Social Policy Since the New Deal -- Symbolic Politics and Urban Policies: Why African Americans Got So Little from the Democrats -- Playing by the Rules: Welfare Reform and the New Authoritarian State -- The New Face of Urban Renewal: The Near North Redevelopment Initiative and the Cabrini-Green Neighborhood -- Ideology and Attacks on Antiracist Public Policy -- Occupational Apartheid in America: Race, Labor Market Segmentation, and Affirmative Action -- The Voting Rights Movement in Perspective -- A New Black Accommodationism -- “Self-Help,” Black Conservatives, and the Reemergence of Black Privatism -- The Crisis of the Black Male: A New Ideology in Black Politics -- Conclusions -- Toward a More Perfect Union: Beyond Old Liberalism and Neoliberalism