When Colorblindness Isn't the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race

When Colorblindness Isn't the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race

by Anthony B. Pinn


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The future of the United States rests in many ways on how the ongoing challenge of racial injustice in the country is addressed. Yet, humanists remain divided over what if any agenda should guide humanist thought and action toward questions of race. In this volume, Anthony B. Pinn makes a clear case for why humanism should embrace racial justice as part of its commitment to the well-being of life in general and human flourishing in particular. As a first step, humanists should stop asking why so many racial minorities remain committed to religious traditions that have destroyed lives, perverted justice, and justified racial discrimination. Rather, Pinn argues, humanists must first confront a more pertinent and pressing question: why has humanism failed to provide a more compelling alternative to theism for so many minority groups? For only with a bit of humility and perspective—and a recognition of the various ways in which we each contribute to racial injustice—can we truly fight for justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634311229
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Series: Humanism in Practice
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 559,277
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, professor of religious studies, and founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University. He is the first African American full professor to hold an endowed chair in the history of Rice University. He is also director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Humanist Association. He is the author of The End of God-Talk and Writing God's Obituary, and he lives in Houston, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 13

Section 1 Understanding the Impact of Race

1 Blanket Statements on Race and Theism 19

2 Poor Racial Thinking and Poor Behavior 35

3 Racial Minorities and Humanism 51

Section 2 Addressing Racism

4 The Nature of Privilege 69

5 On Racial Knowledge 89

6 Difference as an Opportunity 107

7 Learning from "Unlikely" Sources 125

8 Conclusion 137

About the Author 144

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