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The ordeal of integration : progress and resentment in America's "racial" crisis

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Civitas/Counterpoint, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Americans are in the midst of a rejuvenated conversation about race. How we talk about race - or fail to - is one of the central themes of this book, which is certain to spark lively debate among intellectuals and policy advocates."--BOOK JACKET. "Unflinching in his analysis, Patterson chides professional race advocates, the mainstream media, and his fellow academics for homogenizing the 33 million Americans of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Orlando Patterson
ISBN: 1887178619 9781887178617 188717897X 9781887178976
OCLC Number: 45253661
Description: xi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The paradoxes of integration --
The moral and intellectual crisis of liberal Afro-American advocacy --
The moral crisis of conservative "racial" advocacy --
For whom the bell curves : the intellectual and cultural contradictions of genetic determinism --
Why we still need affirmative action --
Conclusion : what is to be done.
Responsibility: Orlando Patterson.

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"Americans are in the midst of a rejuvenated conversation about race. How we talk about race - or fail to - is one of the central themes of this book, which is certain to spark lively debate among intellectuals and policy advocates."--BOOK JACKET. "Unflinching in his analysis, Patterson chides professional race advocates, the mainstream media, and his fellow academics for homogenizing the 33 million Americans of African ancestry into a single group beset by crises and intractable dilemmas. His willingness to challenge the received wisdom of conservatives, liberals, and genetic determinists alike affords us the opportunity to critically examine our own preconceived notions and prejudices."--BOOK JACKET. "An experienced policy adviser, Patterson brings to the national discussion a lifetime of study of slavery, freedom, and ethnic inequality worldwide. His practical recommendations emphasize solutions to problems too often described as unsolvable. For the one-fourth of the Afro-American population at the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder, his suggestions include housing vouchers, limiting the influx of low-skilled immigrants, and instituting a highly original policy to reduce teenage childbearing. He remains firmly committed to school desegregation, supports intermarriage as a means of promoting full integration, and takes American religious leaders to task for the "scandal of segregation" within their churches. Responding to widespread antagonism toward affirmative action, Patterson advocates retaining it for another fifteen years, eventually replacing it with a class-based policy."--BOOK JACKET.
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