Transcending Racial Barriers: Toward a Mutual Obligations by Michael O. Emerson

By Michael O. Emerson

Regardless of contemporary development opposed to racial inequalities, American society maintains to supply attitudes and results that strengthen the racial divide. In Transcending Racial Barriers, Michael Emerson and George Yancey provide a clean point of view on tips on how to strive against racial department. They record the ancient circulate from white supremacy to institutional racism, then examine sleek efforts to beat the racialized nature of our society. The authors argue that either conservative and innovative ways have failed, as they continuously fall sufferer to forces of ethnocentrism and crew curiosity. They then discover crew curiosity and attainable how one can account for the views of either majority and minority team individuals. they appear to multiracial congregations, multiracial households, the army, and activities teams-all events within which workforce pursuits were triumph over earlier than. In each one context they locate the improvement of a center set of values that binds jointly varied racial teams, in addition to the flexibleness to specific racially-based cultural distinctiveness that doesn't clash with this severe core.

Transcending Racial Barriers bargains what's straight away a balanced method in the direction of facing racial alienation and a daring breakthrough within the debate in regards to the steps essential to conquer present-day racism.

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1 Since the prevailing social order saw people of color overtly placed at a distinct disadvantage compared to whites, the idea of ignoring the racial differences had a powerful appeal for white progressives and people of color. This idea allowed some to interpret the civil rights organizations that developed in the 1960s and 1970s as institutions advocating removal of all racial differences in our society. , Bennett 1994, Horowitz 2002) were also involved in the modern civil rights movement. Such people were at least somewhat aware of the racism that those of color suffered, and saw the civil rights movement as offering a way to eliminate the disadvantages racial minorities experienced.

Although white supremacy was created in the slave trade involving blacks, it would be a mistake to limit the effects of this doctrine to the treatment of Africans and African Americans. This type of ideology was also important in justifying the removal of Native Americans from the lands they inhabited. White supremacy held that Europeans better understood how to use the land than did Native peoples (Berkhofer 1979, O’Neill 2002, Washburn 1975). Thus, notions of white supremacy ideologically fueled the initial attempts at extermination and the later internment of Native Americans.

Accordingly, only when we begin to look within communities of color for solutions to our racial animosity will we be able to determine the root of the racial alienation that troubles our society. So what solution do proponents of Anglo-conformity tend to advocate? It is here that we can see some deviation from the general notions of colorblindness. Advocates of Anglo-conformity do not totally ignore racial differences, particularly as they concern cultural issues. For example, Linda Chavez (1991) postulates that cultural aspects within the Puerto Rican community are slowing the economic progress of that community.

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