Color Coordination

Last weekend President-elect George W. Bush appointed Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state and national security adviser, respectively. To read an “Assessment” of Powell, click here; for one of Rice, click here. In 1997 Slate’s Franklin Foer argued that the “affirmative action” that produced Gen. Powell was a laudable type of reverse discrimination. (Click here to read the article.) Last summer Slate’s Jacob Weisberg praised Powell for “calling the GOP’s bluff” at their “minority extravaganza” of a convention. (To read the article, click here.) Earlier this year Slate’s David Greenberg argued that the GOP’s treatment of blacks has declined since the days of Lincoln. (Click here to read the article.)