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The Invention Of Race by Tommy L. Lott
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Dec 29, 2011

really liked it

as a former philosophy professor i can say from experience that American academic philosophy is overwhelmingly white dominated. the author of this work, a tenured professor at San Jose State, is one of a very few African-Americans in academic philosophy.

What i found illuminating here were his careful examination of the arguments used in the campaign against lynching in the late 1800s ("the myth of the black rapist"), the thought of W.E.B. Du Bois -- especially his socio-cultural theory of race --, and his analysis of the politics & thinking of Bayard Rustin, and Rustin's conception of a working class alliance as necessary to broader change. the author's sharp intellect and his radical perspective are brought to bear on the topics he takes apart.

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