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Racial Reconciliation and the Healing of a NationBeyond Law and Rights$
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Charles J. Ogletree and Austin Sarat

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479844630

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479844630.001.0001

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Race and Science

Race and Science

Preconciliation as Reconciliation

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Racial Reconciliation and the Healing of a Nation

Osagie K. Obasogie

NYU Press

The next chapter continues the work of thinking from the level of individuals to the conditions of racial reconciliation. It argues that many of the racial antagonisms that existed in the United States from slavery up through the end of World War II were based largely upon a singular idea: biological race, or the notion that social categories of race reflect inherent group differences. Osagie K. Obasogie argues that the continued skepticism toward, and resistance to, social constructionist understandings of race in scientific and medical research serves as a primary barrier to racial reconciliation. Until science and medicine move away from the idea that human difference, disease patterns, and disparate social and health outcomes lay in molecular or other physiological distinctions and take seriously the ideological origins and import of race, no meaningful racial healing can take place.

Keywords:   biological race, medicine, science, World War II, categories, research, physiological distinctions

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