Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power by Toni Morrison
Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality

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It was perhaps the most wretchedly aspersive race and gender scandal of recent times: the dramatic testimony of Anita Hill at the Senate hearings on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as Supreme Court Justice. Yet even as the televised proceedings shocked and galvanized viewers not only in this country but the world over, they cast a long shadow on essential issues that define America.

In Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power, Toni Morrison contributes an introduction and brings together eighteen provocative essays, all but one written especially for this book, by prominent and distinguished academicians—black and white, male and female. These writings powerfully elucidate not only the racial and sexual but also the historical, political, cultural, legal, psychological, and linguistic aspects of a signal and revelatory moment in American history.

With contributions by:
Homi K. Bhabha, Margaret A. Burnham, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Paula Giddings, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Claudia Brodsky Lacour, Wahneema Lubiano, Manning Marable, Nellie Y. McKay, Toni Morrison, Nell Irvin Painter, Gayle Pemberton, Andrew Ross, Christine Stansell, Carol M. Swain, Michael Thelwell, Kendall Thomas, Cornel West, Patricia J. Williams

About Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison is Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.
Published October 6, 1992 by Pantheon. 512 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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On the negative side, Wuhneema Lubiano pedantically analyzes the visual and textual images created by Thomas supporters, and Michael Thelwell descends into a witless parody of black conservatives.

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As Morrison (Jazz) writes in her pointed opening essay, the Thomas controversy last year both raised and buried issues of profound national significance.

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But by the end of the hearings, after Thomas complained that Anita Hill had subjected him to a 'high-tech lynching', his nomination was approved, with polls indicating that Americans, both male and female, believed Thomas over Hill by a margin of two to one.

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I sat through one of those once in which the Black people sat on one side of the room, the white people on the other side of the room, and we — in our racially segregated groups — were to come up with a list of “things I like about being my race.” Perhaps I’ve been studying white supremacists to...

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