Let’s start by talking about affirmative action.
When I was first hired at The Washington Post, I found I had to repeatedly explain my qualifications to colleagues. So after one staff meeting, I went to the business editor, David Vise, and asked him directly whether he hired me because I was Black.
“Yes, I hired you because you are Black,” he said.
By then, I had eight years of full-time work experience, but I was sti...