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Transcending Racial BarriersToward a Mutual Obligations Approach$
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Michael O. Emerson and George Yancey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742684.001.0001

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Confronting Racism—Moving beyond the Past

Confronting Racism—Moving beyond the Past

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Transcending Racial Barriers

Michael O. Emerson

George Yancey

Oxford University Press

Proposed solutions to racial alienation are not in short supply. This chapter considers existing solutions and proposes new ones, categorized by a criterion that helps us better understand the similarities and differences of proposed remedies. It uses this criterion to situate the different solutions whether majority- or minority-group members are perceived as having the greater obligation for correcting racial alienation in the United States. It first discusses the organization of the general model by which previous proposed solutions to racial alienation are evaluated and explains the various solutions found within the model. The chapter only focuses on those solutions that are based on the obligations of racial minorities. It starts with colorblindness—that is, advocating seeing people as individuals (regardless of their race), rather than seeing racial groups, and assuming racial discrimination is, at best, a weak factor in limiting people's opportunities. An important subset of the colorblindness paradigm is an idea known as “no victimhood.” The chapter also considers Anglo-conformity and minority entrepreneurial values.

Keywords:   United States, racial alienation, racial minorities, obligations, colorblindedness, no victimhood, Anglo-conformity, minority entrepreneurial values

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