PRINT January 1991


David Duke

“RACE,” IN BENEDICT ANDERSON'S COMPELLING TERMS, is a form of “imagined community”; and as a product of the imaginary it has been promoted by a series of more or less unbelievable myths. So much is common knowledge. What seems less noticed, however, is that the mythological characterizes discussion of racism’s various manifestations almost as commonly as it does their constituent beliefs. What I call Buckley’s Principle, for example (after William F. Buckley, Jr., who has done much over the past twenty years to make it popular), holds that Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), the Civil Rights Act (1964), and the Voting Rights Act (1965) have excised racially determined considerations from the structure of American society. William Bennett, first U.S. drug czar and now Republican national chairman, recently advocated Buckley’s Principle in declaring, “There was and has been and

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