Glenn C. Loury, one of today's most provocative and sought-after voices on affirmative action, says black leaders should be guiding black people to their own salvation through self-help, rather than through state intervention. Unlike most conservatives against affirmative action, Dr. Loury does not oppose the preferential hiring of blacks because of reverse discrimination. He opposes it because he believes it's ultimately bad for blacks. Dr. Loury speaks from personal experience which includes early academic and professional success at MIT and Harvard followed by a battle with alcoholism and drug addiction. Now as a distinguished Boston University economist, author, and Christian, Dr. Loury has emerged from a self-imposed exile as a strong, articulate, and highly-respected advocate of making race in this country irrelevant by looking past race to our common humanity.