Lani Guinier on America's Class Divide

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The concept of "racial blindness" — the purposeful ignoring of racial differences — has failed to erase racial inequalities, argues Harvard Law School professor and famously spurned Clinton nominee Lani Guinier.

Rather than ignore race or organize politically by race, Guinier prescribes cross-racial, grassroots organizing as the key to overcoming the nation's race problems. White Americans need to understand that the difficulties of black Americans adversely affect them, too. Neither color-blindness nor identity politics are an acceptable choice, Guinier argues. Some more positive approach is needed, which builds coalitions and a common cause across races while not ignoring racial differences.

This hour, Lani Guinier presents her revolutionary prescription for dealing with America's racial divide.


Lani Guinier, professor at the Harvard Law School, co-author of the new book, "The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy"

This program aired on March 12, 2002.


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