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 ...
I pointed out that I had written extensively on race, that teaching a course is a
time-honored way of helping scholars work out the inevitable kinks in their
thinking, and that such engagement was especially important in an area where
“It's important for writers to generate . . . hostility,” says Nobelist V. S. Naipaul,
spelling out a creed that race and gender theorists would seem to have adopted
for themselves. “If a writer doesn't generate hostility, he is dead.”59 What then are
There are a few important things he does not report. Do other Asian Americans
reside in his neighborhood? If they do, are they perhaps racially similar? Or are
they Vietnamese or Filipino? In either case, do they shop as families? If there is a
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