Katznelson book review (negrete)

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Review of Katznelson’s When Affirmative Action was White In his book, “When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America,” Ira Katznelson takes his readers back to the 1930’s and ’40’s when he considered affirmative action to be pro-white rather than today’s perception of affirmative action where we consider it to benefit mostly minority groups and women. The author feels this is a very important part of history to focus on because it gives readers the full story of affirmative action and how it has affected the American social landscape in the 20 th century and beyond. Katznelson points out that this period of history was driven by the overpowering influence of white Southern representatives in Congress who managed to pass legislation over a number of decades that gave benefits to whites while not including the majority of the black population. These benefits came by way of financial aid to education programs and preferential treatment when it came to relief programs such as the Social Security Act of 1935. The preferential treatment that whites were given but blacks lacked hurt the African-American population so much more in that it came directly after the Great Depression, when they needed economic aid the most. Katznelson points out that this lack of support from the government was the biggest contributor to the widening gap of inequality between blacks and whites in America. Katznelson’s main objective throughout the book is to show how affirmative action can be used today to level the playing field and correct the injustices that African-Americans had to deal with in the era when they were restricted from receiving the financial support that most every other American citizen was benefiting from. Katznelson spoke in great lengths about how white Southern Democrats in the 30’s and 40’s formed a strong bond of maintaining common interests within Congress that managed to manipulate legislation in their favor. Their goal was to maintain the
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