A few decades ago, there was a growing consensus in our nation that pointed toward an improvement in racial relations. Today, dissension over the viability of affirmative action seems sharper than ever and Americans are increasingly asking themselves, "Where do we go from here?" Is it realistic to envision an America where race and extreme disadvantage do not go hand in hand? If colorblindness is an impossible dream, what of color neutrality? If so, how do we get there? Ellis Cose, contributing editor of Newsweek and author of Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World, shares his new, yet already respected, perspective on the hope for the proper future role of race in America.
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