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Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997 BBC Reith Lectures)

 
 
 
 
Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997 BBC Reith Lectures)
Author: Patricia J. Williams
ISBN 13: 9780374525330
ISBN 10: 374525331
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 1998-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 74
List Price: $12.00
 
 

In these five eloquent and passionate pieces (which she gave as the prestigious Reith Lectures for the BBC) Patricia J. Williams asks how we might achieve a world where "color doesn't matter"—where whiteness is not equated with normalcy and blackness with exoticism and danger. Drawing on her own experience, Williams delineates the great divide between "the poles of other people's imagination and the nice calm center of oneself where dignity resides," and discusses how it might be bridged as a first step toward resolving racism. Williams offers us a new starting point—"a sensible and sustained consideration"—from which we might begin to deal honestly with the legacy and current realities of our prejudices.

Laura Kalman

Provocative, eloquent and a pleasure to read. -- New York Times Book Review