The Coming Race War: And Other Apocalyptic Tales of America after Affirmative Action and Welfare / Edition 1

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Overview

In The Washington Post, Julius Lester praised Richard Delgado's The Rodrigo Chronicles: Conversations about America and Race as free of cant and ideology. . . . an excellent starting place for the national discussion about race we so desperately need. The New York Times has hailed Delgado as a pioneer in the study of race and law, and the Los Angeles Times has compared his storytelling style to Plato's Dialogues.

In The Coming Race War?, Delgado turns his attention to the American racial landscape in the wake of the mid-term elections in 1994. Our political and racial topography has been radically altered. Affirmative action is being rolled back, immigrants continue to be targeted as the source of economic woes, and race is increasingly downplayed as a source of the nation's problems. Legal obstacles to racial equality have long been removed, we are told, so what's the problem?

And yet, the plight of the urban poor grows worse. The number of young black men in prison continues to exceed those in college. Informal racial privilege remains entrenched and systemic. Where, asks Delgado in this new volume, will this lead? Enlisting his fictional counterpart, Rodrigo Crenshaw, to untangle the complexities of America's racial future, Delgado explores merit and affirmative action; the nature of empathy and, more commonly, false empathy; and the limitations of legal change. Warning of the dangers of depriving the underprivileged of all hope and opportunity, Delgado gives us a dark future in which an indignant white America casts aside, once and for all, the spirit of the civil rights movement, with disastrous results.

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Delgado (law, U. of Colorado) uses a dialogue between a fictional young law professor of mixed racial heritage and an older mentor, first introduced in "The Rodrigo Chronicles" (1995), to explore the American racial landscape in the wake of the mid-term elections of 1994, touching on false liberal empathy, affirmative action, immigration, identity politics, and citizenship. For students and general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814718773
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic are Professors of Law at Seattle University and have collaborated on four previous books, including The Latino Condition, 2d edition (NYU Press, 2010), The Derrick Bell Reader (NYU Press, 2005), How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds, and Understanding Words That Wound.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Empathy and False Empathy: The Problem with Liberalism 4
2 Legal Instrumentalism and the Rule of Law: A Blueprint for Reformers in Hard Times 37
3 Merit and Affirmative Action 62
4 American Apocalypse 99
5 Cosmopolitanism and Identity Politics 130
6 Citizenship: How Society Rejects the Very Persons It Most Needs 148
Epilogue 166
Notes 169
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