Lyndon Johnson redefines “equal opportunity”

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This essay explores how the broadly understood notion of “equal opportunity” changed its meaning, from the traditional understanding as the absence of government action to favor any group, to a newer understanding as supporting government action to improve the results achieved by protected groups. This change occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and its impetus was a 1965 speech by President Lyndon Johnson, in which he employed the technique of dissociation to distinguish between apparent and real equality. This same approach was used in a number of the Johnson Administration’s domestic programs, but it also has provoked a backlash among whites


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