The Second Atlanta Fire

A black-on-black feud erupts over affirmative action

Even if you totally disagree with Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell's vow to "fight to the death" against a right-wing assault on his city's affirmative-action program, you have to acknowledge his candor. "This is as important to us as our right to vote was back in the '60s," he declares. "African Americans have to be as resolute on this issue as the Jewish community is about aid to Israel." Any "handkerchief-head Negro" who disagrees, he adds, ought to be "shunned."

Starting, no doubt, with Cynthia Tucker, who edits the editorial page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. These two brilliant black people have...

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