What’s Next for the Left?

Politics Beyond Rhetoric

Rustin wrote that in 1966. In 2001, there are even more segregated public schools than when Brown v. Board of Education came down in 1954. And children of low-income parents—black, white, and Latino—are too often jammed into separately segregated inferior schools.

As for what must be done now, the Republican Party is hardly going to do anything about the increased inequality in the nation. And only a regenerated Democratic Party—not the soulless New Democrats—will make democracy work for millions of Americans.

Bayard Rustin: Reinventing the Democratic Party
photo: Walter Naegle
Bayard Rustin: Reinventing the Democratic Party

For the facts on the ground and how they have to change, see Michael Katz's The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State (Metropolitan Books) and Peter Edelman's Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope (Houghton Mifflin). More in future columns.

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