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The race card : how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse, Richard Thompson Ford

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The race card : how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse
Title
The race card
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how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse
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Richard Thompson Ford
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  • Race card
  • How bluffing about bias makes race relations worse
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eng
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New York Times Notable Book, 2008
Review
  • Today's race relations,” law professor Ford demonstrates, “are more complex and contradictory than those of the unambiguously white supremacist past.” In this journey through a political minefield, he examines dubious charges of racism and other kinds of bias, while acknowledging that exaggerated claims can piggyback on real examples of victimization. But the author's tenor is often more eye-catching than eye-opening. He revisits Tawana Brawley, Clarence Thomas, O.J. Simpson and Hurricane Katrina, along with Oprah's Hermès problem, Jay-Z's with champagne and Danny Glover's with New York City cabdrivers. Yet at its core, this book raises probing questions about the extent to which “the extraordinary social and legal condemnation of racism and other social prejudices encourages people to recast what are basically run-of-the-mill social conflicts as cases of bigotry.” By analogy, he addresses issues concerning animal liberation, gay marriage, “appearance discrimination,” “sex harassment law” and multiculturalism. In delineating the differences between formal discrimination, discriminatory intent and discriminatory effects, Ford also reviews thorny legal cases involving, for example, McDonnell Douglas and Price Waterhouse. Readers all along the political spectrum will find much to please, annoy and provoke thought about the thin “line between invidious discrimination and plan old unfairness.” (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed October 8, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 40, p44)
  • A well-considered, nuanced look at "post-racist" America. Since the 1960s, writes Ford (Law/Stanford; Racial Culture, 2004), racism has become socially and legally unacceptable, reflecting a major change in our values. Today's racism is far more complex and ambiguous, a matter of interpretation and a card that can be played to one's advantage. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas accused his critics of bigotry; Michael Jackson blamed prejudice for his declining album sales; Oprah Winfrey suggested skin color was a factor in her being turned away by a chic Paris store; O.J. Simpson's lawyers alleged his framing by racist cops. Since such accusations are plausible in America, Ford avers, questionable claims are often made. His reasoned text delves behind the headlines to examine these and lesser-known accusations of bias. He finds an instance of "racism without racists" in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, where government ineptitude combined with the legacy of pre-civil-rights-era housing segregation to victimize African-Americans. Elsewhere, he sees accusations of "racism by analogy" when people charge discrimination over their size or appearance, as if to invoke the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination strictly on the basis of "race, color, sex, national origin, or religion." Noting that there has never been a "weight riot," he explains, "Weightism or lookism aren't problems of social order or of social injustice." The real danger in unmerited charges of racism, Ford concludes, is that they draw attention to trivial slights and distract from the pressing need to address larger social injustices. He writes with authority, fairness and even humor as he examines profiling, affirmative action and other issues, reminding us that we have come a long way on race but still have a great distance to go.Provides welcome perspective on an explosive topic. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2007)
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258181
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Ford, Richard T.
Dewey number
305.896/073
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.86
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • African Americans
  • Racism
  • Malicious accusation
  • United States
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adult
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how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse
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The race card : how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse, Richard Thompson Ford
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-372) and index
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Contents
Introduction : playing the race card -- Racism without racists -- The wild card : racism by analogy -- Calling a spade a spade : defining discrimination -- The clash of ends : contested goals -- Post-racism : why playing the race card is a crisis of success
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9780374245757
Lccn
2007021443
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780374245757
Label
The race card : how bluffing about bias makes race relations worse, Richard Thompson Ford
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-372) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : playing the race card -- Racism without racists -- The wild card : racism by analogy -- Calling a spade a spade : defining discrimination -- The clash of ends : contested goals -- Post-racism : why playing the race card is a crisis of success
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9780374245757
Lccn
2007021443
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780374245757

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