By Joel Olson
Olson (political technology, Northern Arizona U.) examines the yank obsession with race based on its politics. He unearths that regardless of protests by way of whites that the United States is a democracy, actually it's divided into those that benefit from the advantages of complete citizenship and others who don't. Olson works in the course of the historic and political history of
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3 Distinguishing humans into coherent, mutually exclusive biological “races” is a taxonomic enterprise that is dependent upon inherently subjective cultural and political criteria. ”4 This conclusion is embraced by most scholars in the social sciences and humanities, who now emphasize the socially constructed nature of race. Nevertheless, the implications of this revelation are often not fully appreciated. Tzvetan Todorov’s On Human Diversity, for example, describes racism as an ideology that does not reXect scientiWc reality.
Only after John advanced in his education and social 24 – A POLITICAL THEORY OF RACE position did he Wnd himself ostracized from the Black world yet thrown back into it. Ultimately, his sense of double consciousness and his “second sight” drives him to murder and suicide. 69 Their estrangement is the product of a system of racial subordination that refuses to recognize social distinctions among Black people despite the best efforts of the middle class to distinguish themselves by wealth, education, and/or upbringing.
Nor is it like an ocean dividing the continents, for what happens on one side of the veil inevitably passes through and affects the other. It is a wispy, almost immaterial barrier, yet it divides the nation with the presence of a mountain range. “Surely [the veil] is a thought-thing, tenuous, intangible,” he writes in another work. ”57 He notes in Souls that a visitor to the South, where the veil is most explicit, at Wrst might not recognize the “sombre veil of color” that divides the land, for it is rarely discussed.