Fairness in the public realm once meant equality before the law, but many today equate it with equality of outcome. Is it any wonder, then, that American political culture has become plagued by identity politics, victimization claims and affirmative discrimination?

Philip Perlmutter was the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and the author of "Divided We Fall: A History of Ethnic, Religious, and Racial Prejudice in America."
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