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Abolition Of White Democracy

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Racial discrimination embodies inequality, exclusion, and injustice and as such has no place in a democratic society. And yet racial matters pervade nearly every aspect of American life, influencing where we live, what schools we attend, the friends we make, the votes we cast, the opportunities we enjoy, and even the television shows we watch. Joel Olson contends that, giv ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 13th 2004 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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ivan
Mar 14, 2008 ivan rated it it was amazing
Possibly the most important political science book I've read in the last five years. Drawing on ideas of race advanced by Noel Ignatiev ("Race Traitor") and David Roediger ("The Wages of Whiteness"), Olson provides a compelling argument for the idea that the United States was not founded upon an idea of an ever-expanding democracy, but firmly on white-supremacist, racist democracy that must be uprooted if any true democratic ideals are to be reached.

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Geo
Jan 13, 2008 Geo rated it really liked it
excellent account of race in the U.S. post-slavery context. it only lacks a bit of broader context, i.e. how patterns of racialization in the U.S. were informed by broader hemispheric influences.
Truck Dee
Sep 28, 2009 Truck Dee rated it liked it
Not bad. But really lacks in practical examples.
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