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ERIC Number: EJ794956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Systemic and Individual Racism, Racialization and Antiracist Education: A Reply to Garcia, Silliman and Levinson
Blum, Lawrence
Theory and Research in Education, v2 n1 p49-74 2004
I take up Silliman's challenge to explore the "moral logic" of "structural racism" largely absent in my book, "I'm Not a Racist, But..." I criticize and build on Glenn Loury's account of the normative assessment of racial inequality by examining three factors generating such disparities in educational achievement--stereotyping, performance-based generalizing, and a preschool skills gap. What is morally troubling about the resultant achievement gap is partly dependent on and partly independent of the moral assessment of the individual racial wrongs involved (or not) in these processes, a result in the spirit of Garcia's individual focus but not his anti-consequentialism. Responding to Levinson, I suggest forms of antiracist educational practice built around the rejection of "race" as a scientifically valid classification together with the retention of racial domination, and resistance to it, as historically significant forces (captured in the notion of "racialization"). (Contains 33 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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