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We the People: Racial Realism in Politics and Government

We the People: Racial Realism in Politics and Government

Chapter:
(p.89) 3 We the People: Racial Realism in Politics and Government
Source:
After Civil Rights
Author(s):
John D. Skrentny
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159966.003.0003

This chapter focuses on government employment. It begins by examining those placed at the highest positions in the country, because political elites set the tone for America in general. The chapter shows that politicians do not practice what they preach: they may give rhetorical support to classical liberalism, but both parties commonly follow racial-realist logics when appointing government officials, including judges. It then shows the long and prominent support given to racial realism in policing and education. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the constitutional jurisprudence that has authorized racial realism in law enforcement but barred it in other sectors, including education.

Keywords:   government, government employment, politics, political elites, politicians, classical liberalism, law enforcement, education

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