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The Affirmative Action Fraud: Can We Restore the American Civil Rights Vision? (Paperback)


By Clint Bolick

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About the Book
America's moral claim is based on its commitment to civil rights for all. Yet no issue seems as politically divisive as our current civil rights policies, which attorney Clint Bolick assails as "trickle-down civil rights"—bestowing entitlements on those with the greatest skills and resources but doing little to help people outside the economic mainstream.

By promoting race and gender preferences in jobs, government contracts, and college admissions; forced busing; and an apartheid-like system of racial gerrymandering, these policies deepen racial hostilities and undermine our commitment to individual rights while producing few tangible results.

Bolick explains in clear terms how the civil rights movement strayed off course and demonstrates what is needed to get it back on track. He challenges Americans to reclaim and reinvigorate the original civil rights vision by grounding it in individual empowerment rather than group rights. This bold book shows the way to heal the racial divide in this country and at long last fulfill America's promise of justice for all.
About the Author
Clint Bolick is the vice president and national director of state chapters at the Institute of Justice. He previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is also the author of the book, Voucher Wars: Waging the Legal Battle over School Choice.
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What Others Have Said
"Clint Bolick makes an excellent case for the downfall of the civil rights establishment because of its preoccupation with group entitlements rather than individual justice. Bolick is absolutely on target when he says that the future of racial equality in America will come from a return to our principles of individual liberty and equal opportunity. All those interested in America's future should sit up and take notice of this book and its common-sense, free-enterprise solutions to the problems of economic inequalities faced by different groups in our society."
—Linda Chavez, President, Center for Equal Opportunity and former Director, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-85)

"Clint Bolick believes that democracy is the answer to inequality in our society. This book brilliantly makes the point that to be against discriminatory affirmative action is not to be against racial reform. It is, instead, to take a positive stand for democratic principles and minority development. Bolick gives the clearest answer yet to that ubiquitous question: after affirmative action, what next?"
—Shelby Steele, Author, The Content of Their Character

"A central task confronting our democracy is to establish a legal order in which all citizens enjoy the equal protection of the laws. It should be clear by now to anyone who looks at the facts that the entrenched use of racial preferences in education, employment, and government contracting has become inconsistent with this goal. Clint Bolick makes this case with impressive force. While I may differ with him on some particulars, the overall thrust of his argument is compelling, and deserves a wide readership."
—Glen Loury, Author, One by One from the Inside Out