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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Engrossed with themselves, as Williams describes the situation, the youths did
not see the black man coming their way. ... If the black man's conduct is affirmed,
then whites seeking to amuse themselves may avoid social settings in which
“They wanted only to ensure that the white man who has the appropriate
boarding card will have a seat in first class.” The white man sat down and
apologized for the inconvenience but, like the flight attendants, hooks was not
If African Americans are not allowed to be subjects, “we remain objects without
agency, intellectual beggars without a place to stand.”114 “It is so easy to put it all
on the white man,” writes Louis Farrakhan, drawing out the larger implications.
If critical race theorists (and their associates) have the vision to see the world
holistically, their mission should be clear. They must endeavor to break down
categories. It will be hard work to deconstruct the white man's thinking, says
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