By Charles W. Mills
Liberalism is the political philosophy of equivalent folks, but liberalism has denied equality to these it observed as black sub-persons. In Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism, political thinker Charles generators demanding situations mainstream bills that forget about this heritage and its present legacy within the usa today.
summary: Liberalism is the political philosophy of equivalent folks, but liberalism has denied equality to these it observed as black sub-persons. In Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism, political thinker Charles generators demanding situations mainstream debts that forget about this historical past and its present legacy within the usa this day
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Extra info for Black rights/white wrongs : the critique of racial liberalism
One can without inconsistency affirm both the value of the individual and the importance of recognizing how the individual is socially molded, especially when the environing social structures are oppressive ones. As already noted, dominant liberalism tends to ignore or marginalize such constraints, assuming as its representative figures individuals not merely morally equal, but socially recognized as morally equal, and equi-powerful rather than group- differentiated into the privileged and the subordinated.
But what if—not merely episodically and randomly, but systematically and structurally—the personhood of some persons was historically disregarded, and their rights disrespected? What if entitlements and justice were, correspondingly, so conceived of that the unequal treatment of these persons, or sub-persons, was not seen as unfair, not flagged as an internal inconsistency, but accommodated by suitable discursive shifts and conceptual framings? And what if, after long political struggles, there developed at last a seeming equality that later turned out to be more nominal than substantive, so that justice and equal protection were still effectively denied even while being triumphantly proclaimed?
For a century and a half from the 1800s onward, the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham, James and John Stuart Mill, and Henry Sidgwick was most politically influential. But the World War II experience of the death camps and the global movement for postwar decolonization encouraged a return to a natural rights tradition that seemed to put individual personal protections on a more secure basis. Not social welfare but “natural,” pre-social individual entitlements were judged to be the superior and infrangible foundation.
Black rights/white wrongs : the critique of racial liberalism by Charles W. Mills