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Opening Argument - Perils Of The Race And Gender Cards

Publication Date: 
January 29, 2008
National Journal
Stuart Taylor Jr.

Professor Richard Thompson Ford's book The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse is discussed in the context of this story about playing the race card during the current election campaign. The following paragraph is a quote from his book:

"As racial politics increasingly focuses on trivial slights, innocent slips of the tongue, and even well-intentioned if controversial decisions," Ford writes, "the most severe injustices -- such as the isolation of a largely black underclass in hopeless ghettos or even more-hopeless prisons -- receive comparatively little attention because we can't find a bigot to paste to the dartboard."