Thomas D Boston's A Different Vision: Race and Public Policy PDF

By Thomas D Boston

ISBN-10: 0203158830

ISBN-13: 9780203158838

ISBN-10: 0415127165

ISBN-13: 9780415127165

This paintings brings jointly for the 1st time the information, philosophies and interpretations of North America's prime African American economists, demonstrating that racial inequality has had a massive influence on African americans' day-by-day lives.

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And the conscious improvement of the race. Under the touch of the new science of eugenics, many of our most perplexing problems would disappear, making possible the better democracy which we are just beginning to seek. (1907: 91) In his early writings Fetter (1904: 179–80) had thought that “education and native talent are in a degree interchangeable,” but by 1915 he discounted any effects of education. ” Finally, Fetter (1918: 234) claimed that labor unrest was the result of the changing racial composition of the working class toward groups which had no appreciation of democratic institutions.

That those who took a genetic racial position on non-Nordic Europeans should have a similar view of African Americans is not surprising. What is noteworthy, is that many Progressives, including John R. Commons and Walter Willcox, who had an environmental position with respect to the newer immigrants, took a genetic racial position with respect to African Americans. John R. 5 Commons did not believe that social institutions could overcome the genetic inferiority of African Americans. Only crossbreeding would allow African Americans to rise up to the standards of European Americans.

Unlike Booker T. Washington, liberals were not yet prepared to hold out hope that with proper institutional changes, black Americans would be capable of attaining economic equality with white Americans. It was Myrdal’s work which 32 MYRDAL’S CUMULATIVE HYPOTHESIS signaled a change in liberal attitudes. Once the same culture-of-poverty thesis was used to explain black–white differences, it opened the door to a vision of racial economic equality. 12 Myrdal’s cumulative process claimed that racism and poverty reinforced dysfunctional behavior within the black population.

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