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Monday, January 14, 2008

The Race Card

This sounds very interesting:

What do Katrina victims waiting for federal disaster relief, millionaire rappers buying vintage champagne, Ivy League professors waiting for taxis, and ghetto hustlers trying to find steady work have in common? All have claimed to be victims of racism. These days almost no one openly expresses racist beliefs or defends bigoted motives. So lots of people are victims of bigotry, but no one’s a bigot? What gives? Either a lot of people are lying about their true beliefs and motivations, or a lot of people are jumping to unwarranted conclusions—or just playing the race card.

As the label of “prejudice” is applied to more and more situations, it loses a clear and agreed-upon meaning. This makes it easy for self-serving individuals and political hacks to use accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other types of “bias” to advance their own ends. Richard Thompson Ford, a Stanford Law School professor, brings sophisticated legal analysis, lively and eye-popping anecdotes, and plain old common sense to this heated topic. He offers ways to separate valid claims from bellyaching. Daring, entertaining, and incisive, The Race Card is a call for us to treat racism as a social problem that must be objectively understood and honestly evaluated.

It describes the book The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse, by Richard Thompson Ford.

HT: Instapundit


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I was reading somewhere that bringing in allegations of abuse was becoming a recognised way of getting a better pay off as the corporate lawyers are simply running scared on the issue.

And a happy new year also.

Bones! Good to hear from you, as always. Happy new year to you.

Yes, it seems like the trump card. No one wants to touch it.

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