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The Miner's Canary free pdf Like the canaries that alerted miners to a poisonous atmosphere, issues of race point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone, not just minorities. Addressing these issues is essential. Ignoring racial differences - race blindness - has failed. Focusing on individual achievement has diverted us from tackling pervasive inequalities. In this work, Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres propose a way to confront race in the 21st century. Given the complex relationship between race and power in America, engaging race means engaging standard winner-take-all hierarchies of power as well. Terming their concept "political race," Guinier and Torres call for the building of grass-roots, cross-racial coalitions to remake those structures of power by fostering public participation in politics and reforming the process of democracy. Their stories of political race in action include the coalition of Hispanic and black leaders who devised the Texas Ten Percent Plan to establish equitable state college admissions criteria, and the struggle of black workers in North Carolina for fair working conditions that drew on the strength and won the support of the entire local community. The aim of political race is not merely to remedy racial injustices, but to create truly participatory democracy, where people of all races feel empowered to effect changes that will improve conditions for everyone. In this book, Guinier and Torres envision a social justice movement that could transform the nature of democracy in America.

About Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier is Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Gerald Torres is H.O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law, University of Texas Law School.

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Author : Lani Guinier
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Data Published : 06 May 2003
ISBN : 0674010841
EAN : 9780674010840
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 400 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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