A photograph that made the rounds via social media last week showed a young man proudly displaying a Confederate flag outside the White House after a protest of the government's closing of the World War II memorial. Maybe the man wants a new Civil War. Or maybe he believes this is a "post-racial" America in which that despicable symbol of slavery and discrimination no longer means what it once did.
Based on their remarks in an affirmative-action case argued the same week, some members of the U.S. Supreme Court may also believe that race is no longer an issue in America. But the justices should know better than to conclude that this country has reached the color-blind state imagined by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in which remedies for racial injustice are neither desired nor necessary. They should think again before sticking another knife in affirmative action.