Liberals increasingly seem to think that “civil rights” requires the implementation of the entire liberal agenda — from free contraception to freedom from exposure to unpleasant speech — and shields individuals from just about everything unpleasant except discrimination based on race, sex, or ethnicity.
So begins an essay of mine just posted on Pajamas Media. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it is now being argued, either does or should protect union organizing … even though it does not, in the new liberal vision, protect individuals from being assigned burdens based on their race.
UPDATE [16 March]
Roger Clegg provides the following evidence of what both he and and I would like to think is “great minds thinking alike, or at least running along similar tracks” (but may just be proof that both pedestrian minds are in the same rut):
There is a paradox here: the left is very unhappy with laws and rules incorporating reasonable standards if they have a disparate impact on the basis of race, even when they are not in any meaningful sense discriminatory — this is true for voting and also for police and firefighter exams, school discipline, mortgage lending, you name it — yet perfectly happy with laws that overtly discriminate on the basis of race, like racial gerrymandering and racial preferences in university admissions, government contracting, and public and private employment, to give the most egregious examples.