Toxic Diversity: Race, Gender, and Law Talk in America

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NYU Press, 2005 - Law - 335 pages

Toxic Diversity offers an invigorating view of race, gender, and law in America. Analyzing the work of preeminent legal scholars such as Patricia Williams, Derrick Bell, Lani Guinier, and Richard Delgado, Dan Subotnik argues that race and gender theorists poison our social and intellectual environment by almost deliberately misinterpreting racial interaction and data and turning white males into victimizers. Far from energizing women and minorities, Subotnik concludes, theorists divert their energies from implementing America's social justice agenda.
Insisting, in the words of James Baldwin, that “not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” and that thoughtful Americans regardless of race and gender can handle frank conversations about difficult topics, Subotnik’s critique of race and gender theory pulls no punches as it confronts such inflammatory issues as single parenthood, the merit system in academic and business settings, gender privilege in the classroom, and crime.

 

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Contents

Learning to Think about Race and Gender
4
Smelling the Sewers but Not the Flowers
17
The Critical Race Theory Show
50
Race Gender Jokes Thinking and Feeling
71
The Unbearable Burden of Being Black
87
Pink and Blue
110
Chicken Little Goes to Law School
130
The Tall Tales of Women Teachers
147
Conclusion Eyes on the Prize
245
Final Exam
261
Student Faculty Evaluation
264
Student Questionnaire
267
Christine Farleys Study
269
Notes
270
Bibliography
304
Name Index
324

Unwed Motherhood and Apple Pie
166
A Casino Society
186
Crime Stories
213

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Page 28 - If he does not so protect himself, he will live a life of such pain and shock as to find life itself unbearable. For his own survival, then, he must develop a cultural paranoia in which every white man is a potential enemy unless proved otherwise and every social system is set against him unless he personally finds out differently.
Page 22 - When they're offered to the world in merry guise, Unpleasant truths are swallowed with a will — For he who'd make his fellow-creatures wise Should always gild the philosophic pill!

About the author (2005)

Dan Subotnik is professor of law at Touro College Law Center.

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