Sunday, November 15, 2009

On the limits of Antiracism

Also via Jason's Blog (now you owe me!), see Adolph Reed Jr. on "The limits of anti-racism."
The contemporary discourse of “antiracism” is focused much more on taxonomy than politics. It emphasizes the name by which we should call some strains of inequality—whether they should be broadly recognized as evidence of “racism”— over specifying the mechanisms that produce them or even the steps that can be taken to combat them.
Some of it is over my head but a lot of it sounds about right to me.

Of course, you could note that Reed's reading of the United States today includes predicting definitely that Obama would lose to McCain.


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