I liked portions of this book a deal Its critiue of
colorblindness was done The good professors suggest that neoconservatives have long was well done The good professors suggest that neoconservatives have long laying the groundwork to reject race as a meaningful category That effort claims noble roots the attempt to eliminate the explicit legal apparatus of institutionalized racism It also embraces what the United States Supreme Court ignored in Plessy that putting formally neutral laws on the books t recommended by author of Troublemakers Chapter 4 Rethinking Conventions of Zero Sum Power is what s up Really talks about insideroutsider dynamics and what happens to those of us on the inside trying hard to effectively make change within the system Great ideas about race and power but very dense and a bit repetitive Sorry for not returning your Copy Professor Torres But the book was great some of the most amazing insight into blackwhite binary that we ve created in the county Also amazing work on creating a theoretical lens for said binary This book is far too complex to summarize in a few sentences So I ll ust suggest people read it It offers a smart critical look at the nature of power and the realities of race in the United States offering radical ideas for transforming our notions of power race and the effective exercise of democracy It also offers an excellent definition of racism that emphasizes its institutional rather than individual manifestations Racism is acuiescence in and accommodation to racialized hierarchies governing resource distribution and resource generation Racism treats the ineuitable distribution generation and tra. Like the canaries that alerted miners to a poisonous atmosphere issues of race point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone not ust minorities Addressing these issues is essential Ignoring racial differences race blindness has failed Focusing on individual achievement has diverted us from tackling pervasive ineualities Now in a powerful and challenging book Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres propose a radical new way to confront race in the twenty first centuryGiven the complex relationship between race and power .
Lani Guinier ✓ 4 Read.
S interwoven with the chapters that mixed life experiences with racism and local and national movements the impacted change My belief is that influential books like influential people fall into our lives unexpectedly The Miner s Canary followed suit in being a totally unexpected lesson that I am glad I heard The content deserves four stars but since reading this book was a little like wading knee deep through a swamp I have demoted it to three starsThe information was
great and I like the main idea of using a race conscious through which to analyze and then transform socialand I like main idea of using a race conscious lens through which "To Analyze And Then Transform "analyze and then transform and legal structures and power distribution The breakdown of the different dimensions of power was great and offers a very useful framework to use when discussing and analyzing powerThe downside the book s major concept of political race is not actually defined until about 100 pages in and even then the definition was not entirely adeuate The book did a lot of describing aspects of the political race project and what it was meant to accomplish but I am still left with some confusion about what exactly this term means Other ideas are tediously over explained Though the ideas themselves are engaging the writing is stiff and boring making this book a chore to read Given the importance of the ideas in this book it seems like a engaging book would be a effective tool for social change Cause it doesn t matter how spot on you are if no one reads your book A thoughtful discussion of structural racism with tangible examples that stick Not many non fiction books can be described as a page turner but this one And the struggle of black workers in North Carolina for fair working conditions that drew on the strength and won the support of the entire local communityThe aim of political race is not merely to remedy racial injustices but to create truly participatory democracy where people of all races feel empowered to effect changes that will improve conditions for everyone In a book that is ultimately not only aspirational but inspirational Guinier and Torres envision a social ustice movement that could transform the nature of democracy in Ameri. ,
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I ll be digesting thell be digesting the many insights Guinier and Torres offer in this work for some time to Racism locates the dominant explanation for the depressed socioeconomic health and educational condition of people of color and their over representation in the criminal ustice system in the character of the people themselves rather than in the structures of power that create the conditions of their lives 292This book presents an elegant and effective deconstruction of institutionalized oppression The book presents an elegant and effective deconstruction of institutionalized oppression The of the miner s canary as a metaphor is brilliant It foregrounds a preoccupation with blaming the canary rather than investigating the mine especially for those who are racially marginalized and it extends the struggle beyond the most vulnerable to all of those concerned with social injustice in the larger community The present race based revolution inspired me to seek out literature aimed to deepen my understanding of the systemic racism people of color face After googling anti racist book lists I kept coming to The Miner s Canary which to me is a sign that I should start here Now I was expecting an autobiographical account or some sort of personal development book however this was clearly not the goal of the authors Instead they laid out the systemic nature of racism and outlined ideas of how to change things locally and nationally Occasionally the book got into some legal terminologyworkings that were difficult to understand but so much new information I was unaware of was also presented My favorite parts of the book were the vignette. N America engaging race means engaging standard winner take all hierarchies of power as well Terming their concept political race Guinier and Torres call for the building of grass roots cross racial coalitions to remake those structures of power by fostering public participation in politics and reforming the process of democracy Their illuminating and moving stories of political race in action include the coalition of Hispanic and black leaders who devised the Texas Ten Percent Plan to establish euitable state college admissions criteria.Many Insights Guinier Andinsights Guinier and offer in this work for some time to