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Until now, most philosophy texts on race have focused narrowly and monochromatically

on the black experience. This challenging new book broadens the traditional spectrum

to include the neglected browns and reds, Latino and Native American colors

 

 

Books by  J. Angelo Corlett

Analyzing Social Knowledge (1996) / Responsibility and Punishment (2001, 2004) / Race, Racism & Reparations (2003)

  Terrorism: A Philosophical Analysis (2003) / Interpreting Plato's Dialogues (2007)

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 Race, Racism & Reparations

By J. Angelo Corlett

 

Reviews

 

If affirmative action and other ethnicity-based social programs are justified, then J. Angelo Corlett believes it is important to come to an adequate understanding of the nature of ethnicity in general and ethnic group membership in particular. In  Race, Racism & Reparations, Corlett reconceptualizes traditional ideas of race in terms of ethnicity. As he makes clear, the answers to the questions "what is a Native American?" or "What is a Latino/a?" have important implications for public policy, especially for those programs designed to address historic injustices and economic and social imbalances among different groups in our society.

Having supplanted "race" with a well-defined concept of ethnicity, the author then analyzes the nature and function of racism. Corlett argues for a notion of racism that must encompass not only racist beliefs but also racist actions, omissions, and attempted actions. His aim is to craft a definition of racism that will prove useful in legal and public policy contexts.

Corlett places special emphasis on the broad questions of whether reparations for ethnic groups are desirable and what forms those reparations should take: land, money, social programs? He addresses the need for differential affirmative action programs and reparations policies—the experiences (and oppressors) of different ethnic groups vary greatly. Arguments for reparations to Native and African Americans are considered in light of a variety of objections that are or might be raised against them. Corlett articulates and critically analyzes a number of possible proposals for reparations—Publisher

 

Until now, most philosophy texts on race have focused narrowly and monochromatically on the black experience. This challenging new book broadens the traditional spectrum to include the neglected browns and reds, Latino and Native American colors, of the American racial palette. The result is a  much richer picture of the moral complexities of the ethnic and racial landscape, from the subtleties of how best to analyze Latino identity to the highly contentious issue of reparations to native Americans.Charles W. Mills, University of Illinois, author of The Racial Contract

 

J. Angelo Corlett's book presents a brilliant case for reparations for African Americans and native Americans. It is thorough, astute, and compelling.Bernard Boxill, University of North Carolina, Chapter Hill, author of Blacks and Social Justice

 

In this provocative book, J. Angelo Corlett brings the debate about reparations for the victims of gross injustices to a new level. using the skills that are characteristic of a good analytical philosopher, he provides reasons in support of reparations programs that should appeal to sensitive and thoughtful human beings. This book is the most lucid account of this important subject that I have encountered.--Howard McGary, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, author of Race and Social Justice

 

J. Angelo Corlett, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy & Ethics at San Diego State University. He is the author of over 70 articles in academic journals on philosophical and ethical issues of race, ethnicity, Latino identity, racism, reparations to African and Native Americans, Indigenism, and related issues. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Ethics: An International Philosophical Review, President of the Society for Ethics, Editor of Equality and Liberty (1990). He is also the author of the following books: Analyzing Social Knowledge (1996); Responsibility and Punishment (2001, 2004); Race, Racism & Reparations (2003); and Terrorism: A Philosophical Analysis (2003); Ethical Dimensions of Law (forthcoming); and Interpreting Plato's Dialogues (2007). He is currently working on a new book on ethics in higher education which explores, among other things, racism in higher education.

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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