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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

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Jody Armour believes that, despite the fact that most whites today are racially well intentioned, race-based mistrust and misunderstanding pose one of the greatest obstacles to racial harmony in contemporary America. Beset by media images of black criminality, whites consistently cite statistics, trends, and past experiences to support their deep distrust of backs, a distrust blacks deeply resent.
Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism is a crucial book, at a crucial time, just as white America is gradually coming to understand the hidden travails of African American life: the suspicious glances in department stores, the baseless questioning by police, the inability to get a taxi. Armour shows convincingly how this phenomenon has been so persistent as to constitute, literally, a tax on African Americans, sapping them of resources, opportunity, time, and energy. Skillfully drawing on a wide range of referents, from Greek mythology to Thomas Bayes, the father of statistics, armour plumbs our racial psychology and in the process exposes the racialized nature of our daily life and of our legal system.
Unlike so much recent writing on race in America, Jody Armour's book is no plaintive cry of despair. His perspective is rooted in a measured, even hopeful belief that we both must and can overcome racial bias. Toward that end, he introduces specific ways in which we can overcome the unconscious discrimination and the automatic negative responses that tax blacks and so trouble progressive whites.

"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: 9780814706701
ISBN-10: 0814706703
Series: Critical America
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.87  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.25