IT'S AT ODDS WITH THE REAL WORLD

Most cancers, while not curable, respond to treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Each of these procedures exacts a price in pain and suffering. Racism is the cancer on the American body politic. There are no sure cures, and treatments specifically calling for the inclusion of those long barred by reason of race can be painful.

This connection is lost on Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, who choose to magnify gains blacks have made and minimize the sizable gaps that remain. Black progress has been neglected, they tell us, while poverty, unemployment, welfare dependency and crime have been exaggerated in order to...

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