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50 Years Ago Today: The Detroit Riot and the Decline of Civil Rights Liberalism (II)

(continued from http://blog.independent.org/2017/07/23/50-years-ago-today-the-detroit-riot-and-the-decline-of-civil-rights-liberalism/ )
Throughout American history, government at all levels has used race to categorize, enslave, segregate, regulate human behavior, and limit immigration with “nationality” quotas that served as substitutes for race. Categorizing by race was essential to racist agendas.
In response, classical liberal civil rights activists struggled to eliminate government-mandated racial categories. They were anything but naive: racism was real, categories or no categories, but the government stamp of approval made things worse–and caused constant mischief in the ever increasing addition of group categories in the census or in immigration statutes. The only feasible solution was the most radical one: the complete

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