Saturday, April 3, 2010

National Review Symposium On Black Unemployment Includes No Black Analysts

After the conservative National Review Online (NRO) featured an article, "Racial Recession," by Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute, the NRO held an online symposium, "Really a Racial Recession?" on whether unemployment is worse for blacks because "...discrimination may well still be a factor in the American labor market."

NRO invited "economics and civil-rights analysts to share their thoughts on the topic." Participants below included, clockwise from top left, Samuel Staley, Reason Foundation; Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute; Stephan Thernstrom, Harvard University; Roger Clegg, Center for Equal Opportunity, which has an "Affirmative Action Watch" hotline; and Amity Shlaes, author of "The Forgotten Man," a critique of FDR's New Deal. The last photo is of Kevin Hassett, whose article inspired the discussion (h/t Gawker):

Anyone notice something? Oliver Willis put it succinctly:

The thing is, there’s no law or rule that only black people can talk about issues affecting black people, or the same for white, Latino, Asian people, etc.

But considering the way the conservative movement insists that it is diverse, they couldn’t find one black person for their symposium? Not one?

The subhead for the "Really a Racial Recession?" symposium suggested the panel's conclusion: "Discrimination is an insufficient explanation for black unemployment."

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