Overcoming the Lie of

Overcoming the Lie of "Race": A Personal, Philosophical, and Political Perspective, Second Edition

by John L. Hodge

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Overcoming the Lie of "Race": A Personal, Philosophical, and Political Perspective, Second Edition by John L. Hodge

This book relies on history, genetic studies, and the author’s personal experiences to expose the politically inspired false concepts, lies and deceit that underlie the idea of "race." He shows that the false idea of biological “races” maintains social distinctions that have been created to perpetuate a hierarchically structured, stratified society. Our society cannot become a full democracy as long as “racial” thinking is the norm. Yet, we regularly engage in “racial” thinking every time we talk about “race” and use “racial” terms like “white” and “black” without explicitly acknowledging their falseness. At the same time, we must fully recognize the harm that "racial" thinking has caused and create appropriate remedies. This book proposes how we should proceed. This second edition adds additional material including an Epilogue that addresses the alarmingly increased bigotry that has emerged since the presidential election of 2016.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983179061
Publisher: John L. Hodge, Publisher
Publication date: 03/10/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 889,254
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

John L. Hodge has an A.B. in mathematics from the University of Kansas, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). His writings address our roles in advancing or frustrating the growth of democracy. He was formerly a professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, East Bay. For over twenty years he was a health care lawyer for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

PART I: PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS WITH A SOCIAL LIE

Chapter 1. Through the Eyes of a Child

Chapter 2. “Race,” Class, Region and Religion

Chapter 3. Moving Smoothly (More or Less) from One Environment to Another

PART II: CROSS-GROUP INTIMACIES

Chapter 4. Intimacies in Early America

Chapter 5. World Intimacies from Ancient Times

Chapter 6. Intimacies Exposed by DNA

PART III: OVERCOMING THE LIE

Chapter 7. What Racism is Real?

Chapter 8. “Race” as Misplaced Concreteness

Chapter 9 . Understanding Merit and the Need to Replace “Affirmative Action”

Chapter 10. On Being a Person

Chapter 11. Encouraging the Future

Epilogue

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