The Race Track

The Race Track : How the Myth of Equal Opportunity Defeats Racial Justice

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Despite the watershed election of Barack Obamaand the claims that racial history ended that daythe painful reality of racism in America has been thrust into the headlines over the past year. "The Race Track" dispenses with the myth of post-racial America, explaining not only why race matters more than ever but also how we can fashion twenty-first-century solutions to combating racial injustice. The celebrated authors of this timely intervention chart the long history of racism in law, health care, housing, criminal justice, employment, economic crises (including the subprime crisis), and school admissions. In accessible terms, they then provide a framework for understanding how and why structural racism thrives in the present: in systematic racial profiling, the school-to-prison pipeline, housing segregation, and widespread implicit bias. Arguing that there is no magic bullet, no one-size-fits-all solution to racial injustice, "The Race Track" champions an intersectional pathpioneered by Kimberle Crenshawone that will appeal to people of all races who want to know how to speak the language of racial justice in an environment where many stubbornly claim we have already achieved it. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 167.6 x 242.9 x 19mm | 453.59g
  • The New Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1595588825
  • 9781595588821

About Kimberle Crenshaw

Kimberle Crenshaw is a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School and a co-editor of "Critical Race Theory" (The New Press). She lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Luke Charles Harris is the co-founder, with Crenshaw, of the African American Policy Forum and co-wrote the award-winning documentary "A Question of Color." He is a professor of political science at Vassar College and lives in New York City. George Lipsitz, chair of the African American Policy Forum Board of Directors, is a professor of black studies and sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of ten books and lives in Santa Barbara."show more

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Praise for "Critical Race Theory" As of the publication of "Critical Race Theory" it will be unwise, if not impossible, to do any serious work on race without referencing this splendid collection." Toni Morrison "Critical Race Theory" is a compilation of provocative writings that challenges us to consider the relationship between race, the legal system, and society at large. Senator Bill Bradley "A fundamental reference guide to any serious work on race." "The New York Amsterdam News" "show more