I was just reading this report about the progress North Carolina has made toward representational racial equality. (It's a slow day at work.) The report is pretty rosy—which is good if true—but it's real, real short on causes. That is, it offers a lot of data, but doesn't do much looking into why the data trends the way it does. (I was doing some skimming; please correct me if I missed something.)
The report is by the American Enterprise Institute. I have a hard time keeping my think tanks straight, and I don't ever assume that their names say much about their missions. So looking up AEI I find that they're "an extremely influential, pro-business right-wing think tank" that "promotes the advancement of free enterprise capitalism" and "is the center base for many neo-conservatives."
So here's my question: what is the motivation for a free-market group to sell the successes of minority voter-registration and participation? Knowing that would help me know how to read the report.