Andrew Napolitano served on the New Jersey Superior Court from 1987 to 1995. Since then, Napolitano has been one of the most libertarian voices on television. A Fox News senior judicial analyst for more than a decade, he has been a scathing critic of governmental abuses no matter which party is in power. In Dred Scott's Revenge (Thomas Nelson), Napolitano explains how government radically restricted the rights of black Americans. (You can read an excerpt online at reason.com/dred.) reason asked Napolitano to list three ways the federal government has set back race relations.
1 Slavery: "The bitterness here is not just the destruction of the humanity of blacks, but the fact that it was done by the same generation of Founders who declared that all men are created equal."
2 The Dred Scott decision: "Instead of saying once set free...