Tuesday, November 13, 2007

White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism Book Review

by Kam Williams

"At the start of the 21st Century, the political relation created by achromatic flight are not simply still present; they are predominant. Despite its cardinal importance in modern-day political and societal life, however, the roots of modern suburban conservativism stay largely obscured.

On the surface, its policies look to have got small to make with the forgotten battles over segregation. Upon near examination, however, much of the modern suburban conservative agenda... was, in fact, first articulated and advanced in the opposition of Southern Whites to desegregation...

Recognizing the bequests of achromatic flight would be a first measure in reducing the steady latent hostilities between the metropolises and suburbias and assist convey together a state that with every twelvemonth looks ever more than polarized by race, region, and class. Before that tin happen, however, achromatic Americans must halt running away from their past."

- Excerpted from the Epilogue (pg. 266)

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