Today, The Two Mikes hosted David E. Bernstein, who holds a University Professorship chair at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University.
Professor Bernstein has just published a long-needed book about the “sordid business” of the federal government’s racial classification system.
The book is called Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America.
The racial classification system started out a well-intentioned tool to assist the Black-Americans to compete economically and in educational opportunities during the Civil Rights Era. As with many of the national government’s good intentions, the racial classification system has become a civil rights nightmare by enabling bureaucrats to define race more or less as they see fit.
For example, Europeans from Spain are identified in the same category as South American Hispanics and an almost infinitesimal percentage of Asian, African, or Native American blood in an individual allows that person to claim that heritage for a leg-up in jobs, education, and the federal dole.
One of the endorsers of Dr. Berntsein’s Book, Law Professor Glenn Reynolds, best-sums up the point and great worth of the book by writing that the book’s analysis of the mess the United States is in because of its racial classification system is total and obvious: “We mock the racial-classification schemes of the Jim Crow South, Nazi Germany, and Aparthied South Africa. But as David Bernstein has ably demonstrated, our own racial-classification system is just as risible, and no more scientific.”
Dr. Bernstein’s book Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America is available at: Amazon, Powell’s Books, and Barnes and Noble.
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