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Francis Wilkinson

Where Has All the Power Gone?

College protesters and the Tea Party are raging against the same machine.
When does black power start?

When does black power start?

Photographer: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

The kids feel powerless. At Yale University, they suffer racial slights, real and imagined, and learn a lesson reliably taught to strivers of every generation: You can reach the heights without ever finding the little door that leads to the center of things.

At the University of Missouri, where blacks are 8 percent of the student body, one percentage point less than at Yale, there's less ivy to camouflage the hurts. When you find a picture of a lynching tacked to your dorm room, the aggression doesn't qualify as "micro."