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Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Assistant Attorney General of the U. S. Department of Justice, is currently Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University. He serves as publisher of The Crisis, the national publication of the NAACP, and has authored several books, most recently Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism (Beacon, 2002).


Doing the Work: Why We Need Affirmative Action

Winter 2004 | Essays

The arguments about whether affirmative action has run its course, has accomplished its purposes, or now constitutes an enshrined system of discrimination against white people contain so little historical perspective that they are eviscerated at the core. They remind me of trees felled by a hurricane. Most of these arguments seem to locate our entire racial history in a period beginning at about the end of World War II, with the defining events being the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.