Seeing a Color-Blind Future : The Paradox of Race (Paperback)

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Williams, a regular columnist for "The Nation", frequent guest on "The NewsHour", and contributor to "The New York Times" "op-ed" page, here discusses the racism of liberals, of well-intentioned people. In the current social and political climate, in which race is emerging as an important topic for Americans, her take on the subject is unique.

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Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Mfg Part# 9780374525330
SKU 30287583
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0374525331
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 0.25T
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"Written with an unerring eye for the thought-provoking and fresh metaphor, and with a skillfull blending of personal and professional observation, this is one of the most intelligent commentaries on the vexed subject of race in many years."
"'Seeing a Color-Blind Future' is a slender book that challenges us to dream the biggest dream--a deep democracy in which we see ourselves in each other. Patricia William instills it with her gifts of intelligent rage, compassion, and hope."
"In these essays, [Williams] is groping for a language to point out to a diverse audience, presumably people of goodwill, why it's worth the effort to do the hard work of creating and living in real community instead of prematurely declaring that it exists. She recognizes how daunting this task is."
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Annotation In these five essays, a Columbia University professor of law examines the notion of a race-blind society, and finds it to be a realistic possibility.
First Line My son used to attend a small nursery school. Over the course of one year, three different teachers in his school assured me that he was color-blind. Resigned to this diagnosis, I took my son to an ophthalmologist who tested him and pronounced his vision perfect. I could not figure out what was going on until I began to listen carefully to what he was saying about color.
Editors Note Williams, a regular columnist for "The Nation", frequent guest on "The NewsHour", and contributor to "The New York Times" "op-ed" page, here discusses the racism of liberals, of well-intentioned people. In the current social and political climate, in which race is emerging as an important topic for Americans, her take on the subject is unique.
Editors Note 3 In these five eloquent and passionate pieces (which she gave as the prestigious Reith Lectures for the BBC) Patricia J. Williams asks how we might achieve a world where "color doesn't matter"--where whiteness is not equated with normalcy and blackness with exoticism and danger. Drawing on her own experience, Williams delineates the great divide between "the poles of other people's imagination and the nice calm center of oneself where dignity resides," and discusses how it might be bridged as a first step toward resolving racism. Williams offers us a new starting point--"a sensible and sustained consideration"--from which we might begin to deal honestly with the legacy and current realities of our prejudices.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0084
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Series Part 1997

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