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Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997 BBC Reith Lectures)

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In these five eloquent and passionate pieces (which she gave as the prestigious Reith Lectures for the BBC) Patricia J. Williams asks how we might achieve a world where "color doesn't matter"--where whiteness is not equated with normalcy and blackness with exoticism and danger. Drawing on her own experience, Williams delineates the great divide between "the poles of other
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Paperback, 74 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Tiffoknee the 3rd Conner
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A short book based upon a series of lectures Professor Williams gave in England, it is densely packed with piercing insights. What's more, Professor Williams is quite the wordsmith. I wrote many a passage down in my reader response journal. Regardless of how one feels about the claims that we are now living in a "post-racial" society, any semi-thinking individual can concede that we are in fact far from rooting out the problem of racism even if we are making monumental strides toward looking pas ...more
Malcolm
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is a sign of Williams's ability to illustrate a key point that she opens these essays with an anecdote about her son's nursery school and being told her was colour blind because he continually told his teachers that it didn't matter what colour the grass/sky/wall/whatever else they asked about was. It turns out that he was the only black child in the school and in the manner of good liberals they responded to this by continually telling the kids that colour did not matter.... her point is abo ...more
Lauren
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a slight book that packs a wallop. At only 80 pages divided into five essays, it's a quick read. It's certainly not forgettable, however - Williams takes on issues of race from many angles, and the result is a highly readable yet powerful meditation on American culture, the idea of being "color-blind," and what it will take for our society to move through past hurt to a more hopeful future. I would recommend this book to any interested in issues of race, but particularly those who are ne ...more
Mckinley
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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