Aretae posts a nice list of solutions to the problem of "race disparity."
Of course, I’m far from convince that the "problem" of race disparity can be "solved," but I largely agree with his list. Two points on which I’d like to quibble:
1) He leaves off immigration. Race disparities – by which we actually mean that blacks under-perform compared to whites – are only going to be "solved" if we can find away to productively employ large numbers of unproductive, unintelligent blacks. Assuming that this is possible, importing millions of unproductive, unintelligent Hispanics is not going to make this task any easier.
2) I’ve never been as convinced as other libertarians that the drug war is to blame for so much of black underachievement. To hear some libertarians tell it, if the drug war ended, blacks in housing projects would begin starting technology companies. For example, the article that Aretae linked to is sub-titled, "Changing the policy that has broken up families and put thousands of men in prison would have a far more positive impact on the black community than any number of symbolic marches." While this is possible true, I doubt that if the penalties for crack were less severe, the average black guy currently in prison would turn into Heathcliff Huxtable. This issue comes down to causality and speculation. We know that blacks disproportionately go to prison for drug-related crimes (much like other crimes only more so). My guess is that if the war on drugs ended we would not see the problems of racial disparity lessen.