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The Color of Our ShameRace and Justice in Our Time$
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Christopher J. Lebron

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936342.001.0001

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Racial Justice in Our Time

Racial Justice in Our Time

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The Color of Our Shame

Christopher J. Lebron

Oxford University Press

The final chapter specifies democratic perfectionism as a politically informed conceptual response to racial inequality understood as the problem of social value for which we should feel shame. Democratic perfectionism advocates a moral framework justifying institutional reforms that themselves embody policies intended to reshape Americans’ racially inflected reasons and beliefs so that their racial attitudes may be amended according to the basic liberal democratic principles they already affirm. I then specify three principles of justice that recommend significant educational reform, the adoption of reasonable practices of propaganda in favor of elevating blacks’ social status, and institutional reform that provides for significant local oversight of institutional practices, as well as providing blacks opportunities to apply the ethical principles they affirm to matters of civic engagement.

Keywords:   justice, perfectionism, democratic perfectionism, institutional reform, character, racial inequality

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