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Black Rights/White WrongsThe Critique of Racial Liberalism$
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Charles W. Mills

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245412.001.0001

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New Left Project Interview with Charles Mills

New Left Project Interview with Charles Mills

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(p.3) Chapter 1 New Left Project Interview with Charles Mills
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Black Rights/White Wrongs
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Charles W. Mills

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245412.003.0001

This interview begins with a particular explanation of “race,” “racism,” and their social dynamic. It then argues that liberalism has been so shaped by white racial domination that one can speak of a “racial liberalism” that is analogous to the feminist concept of a “patriarchal liberalism.” Thus a self-conscious rethinking of liberal theory is called for rather than an evasive “color-blindness.” The interview concludes by discussing the relation of race to class and class theory. What would arguably be necessary to win over (sufficient) white American support for a consistent anti-racism is not just moral suasion but a plausible case that the long-term group interests of poorer and working-class whites would be better served by a more egalitarian, redistributivist capitalism, and that racial division, by its weakening of the working class, has played a crucial role in enabling the development of plutocratic capitalism.

Keywords:   liberalism, race, racism, racial liberalism, materialism, Marxism

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