Chronicles Magazine Letters

The Revolution in Civil Rights Law

It has been nearly 30 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By banning discrimination in employment and public accommodations the law was meant to minimize the role of race in the daily lives of Americans.

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  • Correspondence

    Legalized Racism

    Wap! Someone just punched me, going down the subway stairs from the elevated. Behind me, I hear girlish, teenaged laughter. No accident here. I turn to my assailant, a 12- or 13-year-old black girl and tell her she'd better keep her hands to...

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  • Correspondence

    Pardon the Pardons

    It is reported that "faithful adherence to legal principle sometimes [takes] a back seat to the more compelling demands of politics." This appears to be a pointed assessment of a little-publicized controversy surrounding the pardon of four...

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