William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. His article this issue is adapted from The Bridge Over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics.
How do we reconcile multiracial coalition politics with special opportunities for minorities? In place of racial preferences, we need more imaginative conceptions of talent and merit.William WilsonSeptember-October 1999
An exchange on whether American social and economic policy should emphasize special programs for blacks and other racial minorities or a more universal approach aimed equally at disadvantaged whites.William WilsonSpring 1991
Race-neutral programs offer the best way to help the truly disadvantaged and to win back the truly disenchanted.William WilsonSpring 1990