Racial Paranoia by John L. Jackson
The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness The New Reality of Race in America

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The Civil War put an end to slavery, and the civil rights movement put an end to legalized segregation. Crimes motivated by racism are punished with particular severity, and Americans are more sensitive than ever about the words they choose when talking about race. And yet America remains divided along the color line. Acclaimed scholar John L. Jackson, Jr., identifies a new paradigm of race relations that has emerged in the wake of the legal victories of the civil rights era: racial paranoia. We live in an age of racial equality punctuated by galling examples of ongoing discrimination-from the federal government’s inadequate efforts to protect the predominantly black population of New Orleans to Michael Richards’s outrageous outburst. Not surprisingly, African-Americans distrust the rhetoric of political correctness, and see instead the threat of racism lurking below every white surface. Conspiracy theories abound and racial reconciliation seems near to impossible. In Racial Paranoia, Jackson explains how this paranoia is cultivated, transferred, and exaggerated; how it shapes our nation and undermines the goal of racial equality; and what can be done to fight it.

About John L. Jackson

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John E. Jackson teaches government at Harvard University
Published January 23, 2010 by Basic Civitas Books. 290 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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He suggests that whites can help blacks conquer racial paranoia—he uses the phrase ten times on a single page—by making friends across racial lines, buying homes in diverse neighborhoods and avoiding predominately white day-care centers.

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To more effectively delve into the ""relationship between race and sincerity"" and its implications for the academic and popular debates on who or what is ""authentically"" black, Duke University cultural anthropologist Jackson regularly assumes the guise of his alter ego, the ""ethnographic supe...

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