From A Racist Recession?, which discusses the racial disparity in unemployment rates: “High black unemployment has more to do with lags in educational attainment and skill acquisition than with racism.”
Um, what caused those lags in educational attainment and skill acquisition? Oh, that’s right. Institutional racism.
(not to mention the victim blaming)
EDIT: I thought I’d clarify after a few questions on Twitter (where I linked to this post). I think Bradley (the author) dismisses racism, when he should not, because I see racism as an institutional system that needs to be addressed. See Suzanne Pharr’s “The Common Elements of Oppression” reprinted on Eric Stoller’s blog for my understanding of institutional racism. Bradley quickly engages in victim blaming instead of looking at what causes problems in education, crime, drugs, and violence. He has a “pull yourself up the bootstraps mentality” in his essay.