2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Dialectical Stagnation and the Permanence of Racism

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jyothis James, Lake Forest College

Location

Library First Floor

Abstract

I will challenge the view that America already is or one day will be a post-racist country. While philosophers such as George Yancy show us the horrifying magnitude and scope of racial injustice through a phenomenology of racial embodiment, they still entertain hope that a solution to racism and white supremacy is on the horizon. Contrary to Yancy, I will argue for what I call radical racial realism, the belief that racism is a permanent and incurable feature of American society. I will elaborate this through an analysis of three irresolvable problems, namely internalized racism, white ignorance, and institutional racism.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 10:30 AM

End Date

4-5-2016 11:45 AM

Panel

Thinking About Differences

Panel Moderator

Susan Long

Field of Study for Presentation

African American Studies, Philosophy, Social Justice

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Apr 5th, 10:30 AM Apr 5th, 11:45 AM

Dialectical Stagnation and the Permanence of Racism

Library First Floor

I will challenge the view that America already is or one day will be a post-racist country. While philosophers such as George Yancy show us the horrifying magnitude and scope of racial injustice through a phenomenology of racial embodiment, they still entertain hope that a solution to racism and white supremacy is on the horizon. Contrary to Yancy, I will argue for what I call radical racial realism, the belief that racism is a permanent and incurable feature of American society. I will elaborate this through an analysis of three irresolvable problems, namely internalized racism, white ignorance, and institutional racism.