Paul Craig Roberts and IPE Research Fellow Lawrence M. Stratton show that one of the great ironies of history is the “colorblind” 1964 Civil Rights Act which resulted in stripping white males of their constitutional protections and turning them into second-class citizens. Instead of underpinning equal rights, the Civil Rights Act was used to undermine the principle. The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege Destroy Democracy demonstrates that it is now legally necessary to discriminate against white males in order to avoid civil rights lawsuits and to achieve mandated race and gender proportionally in the work force, university admissions, training programs, mortgage financing, and even disciplinary actions. The misinterpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission bureaucrats, aided and abetted by federal courts, is turning America into a caste society. There are two classes of citizens: those protected by civil rights laws and white males who are not. The problem began when the Supreme Court based its public school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, on the premise that the innate racism of white Americans precluded a democratic solution to segregation. Thus, Brown resolved segregation at the expense of the democratic process. The 1964 Civil Rights Act resulted in the substitution of coercive regulation for freedom of conscience, thus displacing another bedrock of democracy. The authors’ proposed solution is goodwill, persuasion, and freedom of conscience as the avenues to social progress if Americans are to preserve their democracy.
"Roberts and Stratton chronicle the transformation of the civil rights movement into a racist program of quotas and preferences that makes a mockery of equal justice before the law."
"Roberts’ and Stratton’s description and analysis in The New Color Line of how affirmative action, which was supposed to help integrate America racially, has become a divisive, segregationist policy, is superb."
"Whether one agrees or disagrees with Roberts and Stratton–and I do some of both–their controversial opinions in The New Color Line cannot be ignored."
"The New Color Line is a penetrating analysis of the impact unfair racial preferences are having on American law and life. It leaves no doubt that these special preferences are underming the American ideal articulated by Thomas Jefferson as “equal rights for all, special privileges for none.”"
"I found this book to be a riveting and well written account of a period in our history that I previously knew little about. Even supporters of school desegregation (as we all are nowadays) will be shocked by the intellectual dishonesty through which victory was achieved in this case. And even more disturbing is the blatant diregard shown by the courts for the will of the majority as expressed through our legislative institutions. It may have all worked out for the best in Brown v. Board, but it hasn’t in many, many subsequent cases where the courts have overreached their authority."
"This book offered an actual in-depth inspection of the danger of allowing the courts to rule – something the Founding Fathers warned about but continues to go on with barely a mention. I think the Founding Fathers would have been disappointed in our apathy. They fought a revolution for less. "