The Anatomy of Racial Inequality
Speaking wisely and provocatively about the political economy of race, Glenn Loury has become one of our most prominent black intellectuals--and, because of his challenges to the orthodoxies of both left and right, one of the most controversial. A major statement of a position developed over the past decade, this book both epitomizes and explains Loury's understanding of the depressed conditions of so much of black society today--and the origins, consequences, and implications for the future of these conditions.
Using an economist's approach, Loury describes a vicious cycle of tainted social information that has resulted in a self-replicating pattern of racial stereotypes that rationalize and sustain discrimination. His analysis shows how the restrictions placed on black development by stereotypical and stigmatizing racial thinking deny a whole segment of the population the possibility of self-actualization that American society reveres--something that many contend would be undermined by remedies such as affirmative action. On the contrary, this book persuasively argues that the promise of fairness and individual freedom and dignity will remain unfulfilled without some forms of intervention based on race.
Brilliant in its account of how racial classifications are created and perpetuated, and how they resonate through the social, psychological, spiritual, and economic life of the nation, this compelling and passionate book gives us a new way of seeing--and, perhaps, seeing beyond--the damning categorization of race in America.
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The commonplace claim that discrimination must be proven as the cause of
inequality for questions of racial justice to arise is, from the perspective that I am
developing here, both wrong and dangerous. My argument in Chapter 4 is aimed
THE ANATOMY OF RACIAL INEQUALITY their descendants, historically
engendered and culturally reinforced, would have also to be overcome. I claim
that an honest assessment of current American politics — its debates about
welfare, crime, ...
I am. claiming that the meaning of a policy — job preferences, say — is quite
sensitive to the race of those affected: Veterans are acceptable beneficiaries but
blacks violate meritocratic principles. I assert that public responses to a social ...