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Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness Paperback – February 2, 2010
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Calls for a conversation about race crop up persistently—as in the wake of the Imus scandal or O.J. Simpson's acquittal. Jackson's (Harlemworld; Real Black) examination of how race remains singular in American consciousness proves a lively opening gambit to a thought-provoking analysis. After a loose historical survey of race matters before the 1960s, when brash and brazen American racism was mainstream, Jackson focuses on the current state of affairs in racial fears and distrust that have gone underground and express themselves as racial paranoia and de cardio racism (what the law can't touch, what won't be easily proved or disproved, what can't be simply criminalized or deemed unconstitutional). Racial paranoia, not just 'a black thing,' owes much to the way mass media confirms or subverts stereotypes; de cardio racism is cloaked, papered over with public niceties and politically correct jargon. Jackson explores particularly fresh areas in his illuminating consideration of The Man Who Cried I Am and 1996, racial paranoia's canonical texts and in his attention to the McCarran Act's effect upon black thinkers. Passionate and committed Jackson is, but his content is balanced. Casually scholarly and often witty, Jackson offers the reader new ways of talking about race's subtler dynamic and new ways of spying racial conflict in the twenty-first century. (Apr.)
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In this era of political correctness, racism has became more subtle and perhaps more subversively dangerous than ever before. So argues Jackson in this thought-provoking, scholarly examination of the ambiguous sense of racial distrust that infects both blacks and whites in contemporary America. Terming the new reality of race in mainstream America racial paranoia, he analyzes the origins, the consequences, and the future implications of a racism that is often difficult to see, touch, and define but nevertheless exists and tempers the ways in which people across racial lines react to one another and interact with each other. Racial paranoia should not be dismissed as extremism; rather, it must be publicly acknowledged, understood, and expressed before it can be combated. Although it might make uncomfortable reading for some, Jackson’s well-reasoned analysis is right on target. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At one time, racism was out in the open, and those who were hateful of those who were different used language to express their feelings. Now, using political correctness, they hide their racism. According to Jackson, racism is now expressed in more subtle ways and this has created a sense of paranoia in those who are discriminated against. Simple gestures are subject to misinterpretation as possible racism. Therefore the cries of racism have increased. Paranoia has developed.
This is an interesting read for any person who is interested in the state of human relationships in our society today. i highly recommend it.
Despite the excellent analysis, the chapters do not flow together and a few of them, like the section on Tijuana Brawley, feel like fluff. I would encourage people to read the book, but you might want to skim some of it.
Where Jackson succeeds in maintaining the extended study of the occult physical and cautiously spoken types of racism is his ability to build a solid platform of fact to post his suggestions of persistent behavior. Never lecturing to the reader, Jackson introduces a degree of humor that makes the contemporary trend toward total acceptance of color lines as entertaining as well as pungent. His writing style encourages the reader to stay with him through his arguments and the end result is an appreciation of a fine mind in action. In commenting on the media of today he remarks ' Media scholars have said it before and in many ways: the media constitute a productive force. They don't just passively represent the world; they also craft it.' And in leading us to the position of at least acknowledging his postulates he is not afraid to ask the reader questions: 'Do Americans want to deal with race? Are Americans willing to invest their time and their trust in one another? At the very least, are they willing to see the racial disparities that continue to define important social and economic differences between and among the citizenry?'
Jackson's book raises concerns, turns on lights, and makes us more aware of what he calls 'racial paranoia' - and there are very important lessons to learn from his wise little book. Grady Harp, July 08