Drawing on examples from popular culture and the law, Ford guides the reader through the worst of these abuses, and articulates a bold strategy for dealing with systematic injustice in a world of ‘racism without racists.— The New Yorker
Richard Thompson Ford, The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
FROM THE RACE CARD:
The Race Card examines the prevalence of dubious and questionable accusations of racism and other types of bias. I argue that the social and legal meaning of “racism” is in a state of crisis: The term now has no single clear and agreed-upon meaning. As a result, it is available to describe an increasingly wide range of disparate policies, attitudes, decisions, and social phenomena. This leads to disagreement and confusion. Self-serving individuals, rabble-rousers, and political hacks use accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other types of “bias” tactically, in order to advance their own ends. And people of goodwill may make sincere claims that strike others as obviously wrongheaded.
Read the entire introduction to The Race Card online at the New York Times.
Read the review of The Race Card at Kirkus Reviews.