Rosa Parks Day: The Triumph of Colorblindness and Capitalism »

Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat for a white man and was arrested for disobeying Montgomery, Alabama’s segregation ordinance. The story is well-known, even today, as we celebrate “Rosa Parks Day” (December 1). Following her arrest, African Americans organized a boycott of the city’s privately-owned bus company. Martin Luther King, Jr. became spokesman for street protests and, ever since, the civil rights movement is remembered as a militant expression of civil disobedience and “taking it to the streets.” Within a year, the city ended desegregation, but not for the reasons you might think. The real heroes behind Rosa Parks were the NAACP lawyers who battered down the walls of institutional racism with the force of the constitution, color-blind law, and capitalist forces that worked against racism—hallmarks of the classic liberal tradition of civil rights.

Israeli Restaurant Owner Uses Market Incentives to Advance Peace »

The owner of the Hummus Bar in Israel offers a 50 percent discount to Jewish and Arab customers who share a table together. A small step for peace perhaps, but an illustration of how markets encourage cooperation and peaceful interaction. Here is a two-minute story on the business owner and his idea, airing today...
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The War on Drugs Is “The New Jim Crow” »

Here is some reading to celebrate Martin Luther King Day: Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. I confess up front I have not read the book. I’ve just read some things about it. Here is a short write-up from the author’s interview on NPR. The book...
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Memo to Obama: Capitalism Trumps Racism »

A new political thriller from PBS, “Endgame,” provides the little-known, true back story of apartheid’s end in South Africa, with credit given to a for-profit mining company. Foreseeing that deteriorating conditions in South Africa would likely result in a total loss of their assets, Consolidated Goldfields initiated secret discussions between representatives of the white...
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National Review on Black Maverick »

The word is slowly getting out about my book (co-authored by Linda Beito), Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power. John J. Miller has interviewed us for the National Review: ‘While historians have properly acknowledged the contributions of clergymen and grassroots activists” to the civil-rights movement, write David T. Beito...
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