In the wake of a week of violence unlike any other, I very much appreciated the spirit of the new anti-racism with which David Whiting wrote “Dialogue between races, with law enforcement is critical for peace” in the Orange County Register, 9 July, 2016.
However, Mr. Whiting’s use of the word “races” in the headline makes me wonder: How will we end racism if we continue to perpetuate the myth of race? What is the role of anti-racism in the effort to end racism?
Some critical race theorists have suggested that to end racism, we must use language authentically and truthfully. Many researchers in many disciplines have showed the power of language, naming, and categorizing to shape our views of reality. And, so, I don’t use race. Instead, Read more