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Advocating for Color‐Conscious Policies

Advocating for Color‐Conscious Policies , Wise , Tim . ( 2010 ). Colorblind: The Rise of Post‐Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity . San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books , ISBN: 978‐0‐87286‐508‐2 ( 213 pp.; $14.95). In Colorblind, antiracist writer and educator Tim Wise examines the effect of Barack Obama's presidency on the racial discourse in the United States. Wise claims that Obama's universal policies do little to better the lives of people of color; in fact, they might do more harm than good. Wise advocates for what he calls Illuminated Individualism, the recognition of and respect for the unique experience and standpoint of all people and communities, rather than our current state of Post‐Racial Liberalism , which he calls “a rhetoric of racial transcendence and public policy agenda of colorblind universalism” (p. 16). Wise recognizes that his readers are not “persons who are unconcerned about equity or openly hostile to it,” but “those who passionately wish to see inequities eradicated, and are prepared to push forward an agenda to accomplish that” (p. 158). With this in mind, he moves beyond simply highlighting examples of institutional inequity to advocate for color‐conscious approaches in interpersonal relationships, institutional practices, and public http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2011 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
ISSN
1529-7489
eISSN
1530-2415
DOI
10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01238.x
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Abstract

, Wise , Tim . ( 2010 ). Colorblind: The Rise of Post‐Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity . San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books , ISBN: 978‐0‐87286‐508‐2 ( 213 pp.; $14.95). In Colorblind, antiracist writer and educator Tim Wise examines the effect of Barack Obama's presidency on the racial discourse in the United States. Wise claims that Obama's universal policies do little to better the lives of people of color; in fact, they might do more harm than good. Wise advocates for what he calls Illuminated Individualism, the recognition of and respect for the unique experience and standpoint of all people and communities, rather than our current state of Post‐Racial Liberalism , which he calls “a rhetoric of racial transcendence and public policy agenda of colorblind universalism” (p. 16). Wise recognizes that his readers are not “persons who are unconcerned about equity or openly hostile to it,” but “those who passionately wish to see inequities eradicated, and are prepared to push forward an agenda to accomplish that” (p. 158). With this in mind, he moves beyond simply highlighting examples of institutional inequity to advocate for color‐conscious approaches in interpersonal relationships, institutional practices, and public

Journal

Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2012

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