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Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism : The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America - Jody David Armour

Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism

The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780814706404
Number Of Pages: 216

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Tackling the ugly secret of unconscious racism in American society, this book provides specific solutions to counter this entrenched phenomenon.

"[C]ommendable in important respects. [Armour] points out problems in the theory of rational racial discrimination that many of its proponents ignore or overlook." --Randall Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Book Review "A patient meditation." --The Nation "A crucial book, at a critical time, just as white America is gradually coming to understand the hidden travails of African American life." --Bookwatch "Skillfully drawing on a wide range of referents from Greek mythology to Thomas Byes, the father of statistics, Armour plumbs our racial psychology and in the process explores the racialized nature of our daily life and our legal system." --Norfolk Virginia Journal and Guide

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: "Rational" Discrimination and the Black Taxp. 1
The "Reasonable Racist": A Slippery Oxymoronp. 19
How We Know What We Know: The Typical, the Reasonable, and the Accuratep. 22
Why We Blame Whom We Blame: The Typical, the Reasonable, and the Damnablep. 27
The "Intelligent Bayesian": Reckoning with Rational Discriminationp. 35
Why Rational Discrimination Is Not Reasonablep. 46
Race and the Subversion of Rationalityp. 58
The "Involuntary Negrophobe"p. 61
The Involuntary Negrophobe and Dueling Conceptions of Lawp. 64
Of Mice and Men: Equal Protection and Unconscious Biasp. 68
Private Bias and Equal Protectionp. 69
Restructuring the Maze to Serve Justicep. 77
Blame and Punishment: Narrative, Perspective, Scapegoats, and Demonsp. 81
Framing the Narrative Broadly in Women's Self-Defense Workp. 83
Narrative, Consent, and Blamep. 84
The Fundamental Fault Line: Determinism versus Antideterminismp. 89
"Disadvantaged Social Background"p. 94
Opponents Grasp at Strawsp. 96
Ideological Agendasp. 101
Repealing the Black Tax: Breaking the Discrimination Habitp. 115
Hypocritical Racists and Aversive Racistsp. 118
Proving Ubiquitous Unconscious Biasp. 130
Combating Unconscious Discrimination in the Courtroomp. 139
Conclusionp. 154
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780814706404
ISBN-10: 0814706401
Series: Critical America (New York University Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st May 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.68  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37