Inequality Is the New Affirmative Action—for White People

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Generic image Thinkstock With 2016 on the horizon, presidential candidates are all on the new policy-wonk flavor of the year: “inequality.”

And they’re using it in a heated bid to win as many white votes as they can get.

Interestingly enough, the cognoscenti once talked up the canyon-sized gaps between rich and poor as default markers for a broader conversation on the inequality we always knew: racism. Today “inequality” is an umbrella term for all sorts of unequal conditions that are in neatly constructed sociological silos: economic insecurity keeping its distance from racial inequality, even though, as policy expert Kathleen Geier […]