Toxic Diversity: Race, Gender, and Law Talk in America
NYU Press, 2005 - 335 páginas
Toxic Diversity offers an invigorating view of race, gender, and law in America. Analyzing the work of preeminent legal scholars such as Patricia Williams, Derrick Bell, Lani Guinier, and Richard Delgado, Dan Subotnik argues that race and gender theorists poison our social and intellectual environment by almost deliberately misinterpreting racial interaction and data and turning white males into victimizers. Far from energizing women and minorities, Subotnik concludes, theorists divert their energies from implementing America's social justice agenda.
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For Jacob Bronowski, a distinguished scientist in our own time, academic work is
an adventure in doubting: “It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin,
barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known ...
The academic world, says a member of the Academic Discrimination Advisory
Board at the National Women's Studies Association, “is not a merit parkway.” It is
“more like a big male gang grope.”25 “At almost every campus I have ever been
57 One young, white legal scholar has learned his multicultural lesson well: the
white academic is welcome to evaluate social and political subordination,
provided that he responds to minority critics and that he observes “the cautions of
The tenured academic is not, of course, obligated to engage the contemporary
furies. But if the academic's job is to swallow whole what others dish out, he or
she does not “deserve” tenure. Nor, perhaps, a job. “It's important for writers to ...
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