How race is really lived in America
The New York Times assures us that relations between “blacks” and “whites” are “generally good.” What about the rest of us?
by Richard Rodriguez
July 13, 2000
According to the New York Times — this nation’s “newspaper of record,” as we are accustomed to call it — a discussion of U.S. race relations, even at this date, can only mean a discussion of the tensions between descendants of Europe and descendants of Africa.
Most Americans do not read the New York Times. But the Times is the newspaper that reflects and shapes elite liberal thinking, especially on the East Coast. So it is worth noting that, for the last six weeks, the Times has been running a series called “How Race is Lived in America,” concerned exclusively with how “whites” and “blacks” perceive one another.