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Affirmative Action : Racial Preference in Black and White (05 Edition)by Tim J. Wise
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Unlike most books on the market that focus predominantly on white privilege in the labour market, this concise text takes a detailed look into this controversial but topical subject in all realms of education too. Wise compares the magnitude of white racial preference with the policies typically envisioned, when the term racial preference is used, and demonstrates that the American system of education is both a reflection of, and a contributor to a structure of institutionalized racism and racial preference for the dominant majority. Tim Wise is a nationally recognized anti-racist writer and activist, regularly advising institutions on methods for dismantling racism from within. Using a collection of data and empirical evidence, Wise writes passionately attracting a wide audience. Not only is this text suitable for those studying sociology, education, ethnic studies and political science, the factual and concise style will attract civil rights advocates, attorneys, researchers and general readers. "Affirmative Action" seeks to shift the emphasis from 'should colleges and universities provide racial preferences to people of colour?' to 'should the nation's educational system continu
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From its inception in the 1960s, affirmative action has created heated debates about how to deal with past and present racism within the arena of education. Speaker, consultant and author Wise believes educators should heed the warning signs of the demise of affirmative action, and openly discuss its tenets and applications at the root level, deciding not so much whether institutions "should have racial preference for people of color" as whether they should "continue to have racial preference for whites." He describes how affirmative action worked in the past and how it works now, how white racial preference (in terms of standardized tests and attention to socio- cultural elements not available to people of color) continues in education, and how supporters should respond to critics of affirmative action. He closes with an examination of affirmative action as more than a tool of "diversity." Wise's notes also serve as his bibliography.
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Racial preference is nothing new, argues Tim J. Wise in this compelling exploration of race, privilege, and education. This book recasts the debate over today's controversial, race-based affirmative action policies. Wise deftly demonstrates that the American educational system has always been complicit in institutionalized racism and racial preference.
Affirmative Action examines the larger structure of institutional white privilege in education, and compares the magnitude of white racial preference with the policies typically envisioned when the term racial preference is used. In doing so, the book demonstrates that the American system of education is both a reflection of and a contributor to a structure of institutionalized racism and racial preference for the dominant majority.
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