Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

by Ladelle McWhorter
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Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

Does the Black Struggle for Civil rights make common cause with the movement to foster queer community, protest anti-queer violence or discrimination, and demand respect for the rights and sensibilities of queer people? Confronting this emotionally charged question, Ladelle McWhorter reveals how a carefully structured campaign against abnormality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries encouraged white Americans to purge society of so-called biological contaminants, people who were poor, disabled, black, or queer. Building on a legacy of savage hate crimes-such as the killings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd-McWhorter shows that racism, sexual oppression, and discrimination against the disabled, the feeble, and the poor are all aspects of the same societal distemper, and that when the civil rights of one group are challenged, so are the rights of all.

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ISBN-13: 9780253220639
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Two Great Dangers 1

1 Racism, Race, Race War: In Search of Conceptual Clarity 17

2 A Genealogy of Modern Racism, Part 1: The White Man Cometh 63

3 A Genealogy of Modern Racism, Part 2: From Black Lepers to Idiot Children 97

4 Scientific Racism and the Threat of Sexual Predation 141

5 Managing Evolution: Race Betterment, Race Purification, and the American Eugenics Movement 196

6 Nordics Celebrate the Family 245

7 (Counter) Remembering Racism: An Insurrection of Subjugated Knowledges 294

Notes 333

Works Cited 401

Index 421

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