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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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Racial Solutions for a New Society

Racial Solutions for a New Society

(p.126) Chapter 10 Racial Solutions for a New Society
Transcending Racial Barriers

Michael O. Emerson

George Yancey

Oxford University Press

As we continue to address the aftermath of our racial history and the racialization that has developed from it, we must find solutions that unite rather than divide us. Solutions that appear to benefit one group at the expense of other groups will not produce the consensus needed to address racism in the United States. This book advocates solutions that are not based exclusively on attributing responsibly to either whites or non-whites. A balanced solution entails finding common ground between majority and minority groups so that more practical recommendations can be advanced. These recommendations will thus become part of a self-sustaining approach because they are accepted by majority and minority groups alike. This concluding chapter explores what a mutual-obligations approach might look like in practice. It provides a step-by-step description of a mutual-obligations model and uses affirmative action as an example to illustrate this approach. Finally, it considers possible public policy suggestions to support this approach toward race relations, paying special attention to the educational and governmental sectors.

Keywords:   United States, racism, racialization, mutual-obligations approach, affirmative action, public policy, race relations

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