The Nuance Excuse

"The Nuance Excuse," The Weekly Standard, February 3, 1997, pp, 16-18.


One of the curious things about the bitter battle over preferences and quotas that came to a head in the California Civil Rights Initiative is how many critics of affirmative action were missing in action when the issue faced its first test at the ballot box. After the fight was won without them, we could say to them what Henri IV said, after a great victory in battle, to one of his followers: “Hang yourself, brave Crillon; we fought at Arques and you were not there.”

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