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Transcending Racial BarriersToward a Mutual Obligations Approach$
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Michael O. Emerson and George Yancey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742684.001.0001

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Dealing with Racism—Looking for Justice

Dealing with Racism—Looking for Justice

(p.46) Chapter 4 Dealing with Racism—Looking for Justice
Transcending Racial Barriers

Michael O. Emerson

George Yancey

Oxford University Press

For the scholars who disagree with the solutions put forward in the previous chapter, it is whites who must dismantle the racialized society. But since the majority group benefits from the racialized society, why would it be willing to work against its own racial advantage? From a utilitarian premise, no real reason exists for individuals in the majority group to want change the racial status quo. Another persistent problem for those advocating majority-group obligations is that past racial discrimination was quite blatant and easy to see. Advocates of racial solutions that emphasize majority-group obligations appeal to racial justice as a holistic approach for racial healing and thus a necessary component in solving the problems of racial alienation. This chapter explores racial justice and its importance in eliminating racism in the United States. It also discusses the concept of white responsibility, antiracism, the deconstruction of whiteness, reparations, critical race theory, multiculturalism, Marxism, and Cornel West's book entitled Race Matters (2001).

Keywords:   United States, racism, racial justice, racial discrimination, white responsibility, antiracism, critical race theory, multiculturalism, Cornel West, Race Matters

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