The American Interest
Walter Russell Mead has a huge article on the fall of BRA:
Translation: We’ve hit Peak Negro and we’re going to have a negro reckoning as the welfare state collapses. Buckle up!
“WALTER RUSSELL MEAD
Many hoped that the election of the first African-American President of the United States meant a decisive turn in the long and troubled history of race relations in the United States. And indeed President Obama’s election was a signal success for the American racial settlement of the 1970s. But at the moment of its greatest success, that settlement—call itthe Compromise of 1977—was beginning to unravel,asevidenced bythe factthat President Obama’s nearly four years in office to date have witnessed decades of economic progress and rising political power in black America shifting into reverse.
The race question is like no other in American life. From the beginning of the colonial era through the Civil War and up until today, American efforts to grapple with (ortoavoid grappling with) the practical, moral, political and institutional consequences of race have shaped our political and institutional life. The Virginia House of Burgesses, the first elected assembly in the American colonies, assembled on July 30, 1619. In that same year the White Lion and the Treasurer docked in Virginia and unloaded the first African slaves to reach the present-day United States. Since that time, the stories of American representative government and race have been entangled in American history. The very structure of the Federal government and the nature of the party system were shaped bythe slavery issue. The slavery question also shaped and ultimately limited national expansion. It affected the practical meaning of Federalism itself and the meaning of the rule of law. Nor is that entanglement yet over.”
Note: Reading through this longwinded Mead essay, I can’t help but notice that every “compromise” over race to preserve the Union was not only broken by the North, but ultimately proved to be injurious to the South.