Race Experts by Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn
How Racial Etiquette, Sensitivity Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution

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Controversial and strikingly original, Race Experts looks at how we capsized racial progress in the quest for self-esteem.

Race Experts uncovers the hidden trajectory and terms of our thinking about race relations since the 1960s. Since segregation's dismantling, intense anxiety has surrounded interracial encounters, and a movement has arisen to engineer social relations through the specification of elaborate codes of conduct. Diversity training in business, multicultural education in schools, and cross-cultural psychotherapy have created a world of prescriptions. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn carefully analyzes the teachings of these self-appointed "experts" and offers a bold and searching analysis of the origins of their ideas in the human potential movement and the radical milieu of the 1960s. Casting race primarily as an issue of etiquette or therapy, rather than of justice or equality, has had dire consequences for American life, diverting attention from the deeper problems of poverty, violence, and continued inequality and discrimination. In this sobering analysis, Race Experts illuminates how far away we are from the issues that deserve our attention.

About Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn

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Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn is the author of Black Neighbors (winner of the Berkshire Prize), professor of history at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and a frequent contributor to The New Republic.
Published October 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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and a truly humane social order.” The later generation of racial theorists, who assumed control of the movement in the years following King’s assassination, came out of an academic culture and were preoccupied with questions of individual growth, emotional health, and personal gratification (rath...

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The desired goal was no longer civic equality and participation, but individual psychic well-being.'' As the moral steam went out of the movement for racial equality after King's assassination, the vacuum, Lasch-Quinn believes, was filled by '...

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"One of our best-kept secrets and one of our greatest tragedies" is the undermining of the civil rights movement's universalism and moral truths by diversity theorists, who aim to "liberate whites from their alleged racism and blacks from their assumed bondage of low self-esteem," declares Syracu...

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