The Politics of Reconciliation

SOMETIMES, NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST

Democrat Deval L. Patrick made history last month by becoming the first African-American governor of Massachusetts. In the national news media, his victory was covered as an inspiring story of racial progress, and rightly so. Patrick’s win marked a turning point in the history of a state that had never fully overcome the legacy of antiblack prejudice from the years of the Boston school-busing wars.

But another, less-noted,...

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Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture (Knopf), directs the Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values.