Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities)

Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) Author Charles W. Mills
ISBN-10 0190245425
ISBN-13 9780190245429
Year 2017-03-29
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Liberalism is the political philosophy of equal persons yet liberalism has refused equality to those it saw as sub persons Liberalism is the creed of fairness yet liberalism has been complicit with European imperialism and African slavery Liberalism is the classic ideology of Enlightenment and political transparency yet liberalism has cast a dark veil over its actual racist past and present In sum liberalism s promise of equal rights has historically been denied to blacks and other people of color In Black Rights White Wrongs The Critique of Racial Liberalism political philosopher Charles Mills challenges mainstream accounts that ignore this history and its current legacy in self conceived liberal polities today Mills argues that rather than bracket as an anomaly the role of racism in the development of liberal theory we should see it as shaping that theory in fundamental ways As feminists have urged us to see the dominant form of liberalism as a patriarchal liberalism so too Mills suggests we should see it as a racialized liberalism It is unsurprising then if contemporary liberalism has yet to deliver on the recognition of black rights and the correction of white wrongs These essays look at racial liberalism past and present white ignorance as a guilty ignoring of social reality that facilitates white racial domination Immanuel Kant s role as the most important liberal theorist of both personhood and sub personhood the centrality of racial exploitation in the United States and the evasion of white supremacy in John Rawls s ideal theory framing of social justice and in the work of most other contemporary white political philosophers Nonetheless Mills still believes that a deracialized liberalism is both possible and desirable He concludes by calling on progressives to Occupy liberalism and develop accordingly a radical liberalism aimed at achieving racial justice

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ISBN-10 9781501702952
Release 2015-11-20
Pages 268

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