Amy Cooper’s calling the police on a black man in New York’s Central Park represents an extreme example of racist behavior. But it also offers a window onto the experiences of black Americans that highlights the importance of affirmative action and radical redistributive policies as central to anti-racism today.
Touré F. Reed is a professor of history at Illinois State University.
Affirmative action was a hard-won victory by left-labor activists. It must be defended.
The tendency to divorce racial disparities from economic inequality has a long liberal lineage.