The price of racial reconciliation / Ronald W. Walters.

By: Walters, Ronald WMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPolitics of race and ethnicity: Publisher: Ann Arbor : Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009Edition: 1st pbk. edDescription: 1 online resource (xi, 249 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780472021703; 0472021702Subject(s): Racism -- United States | Racism -- South Africa | Blacks -- Social conditions | Reparations for historical injustices | Reconciliation -- Social aspects | African Americans -- ReparationsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Price of racial reconciliation.DDC classification: 305.800973 LOC classification: HT1581 | .W27 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- A grand narrative of South African racial oppression -- The persistence of memory -- Truth, reconciliation, and reparations -- A grand narrative of black American oppression -- The grand narrative and the legacy of modern subordination -- Barriers to truth and reconciliation in America -- The reparations movement : a liberatory narrative -- The globalization of African reparations -- Postscript.
Summary: "In The Price of Racial Reconciliation, Ronald Walters offers an abundance of riches. This book provides an extraordinarily comprehensive and persuasive set of arguments for reparations, and will be the lens through which meaningful opportunities for reconciliation are viewed in the future. If this book does not lead to the success of the reparations movement, nothing will."--Charles J. Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School "The Price of Racial Reconciliation is a seminal study of comparative histories and race(ism) in the formation of state structures that prefigure(d) socioeconomic positions of Black peoples in South Africa and the United States. The scholarship is meticulous in brilliantly constructed analysis of the politics of memory, reparations as an immutable principle of justice, imperative for nonracial(ist) democracy, and a regime of racial reconciliation."--James Turner, Professor of African and African American Studies and Founder, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University "A fascinating and pathbreaking analysis of the attempt at racial reconciliation in South Africa which asks if that model is relevant to the contemporary American racial dilemma. An engaging multidisciplinary approach relevant to philosophy, sociology, history, and political science."--William Strickland, Associate Professor of Political Science, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst The issue of reparations in America provokes a lot of interest, but the public debate usually occurs at the level of historical accounting: "Who owes what for slavery?" This book attempts to get past that question to address racial restitution within the framework of larger societal interests. For example, the answer to the "why reparations?" question is more than the moral of payment for an injustice done in the past. Ronald Walters suggests that, insofar as the impact of slavery is still very much with us today and has been reinforced by forms of postslavery oppression, the objective of racial harmony will be disrupted unless it is recognized with the solemnity and amelioration it deserves. The author concludes that the grand narrative of black oppression in the United States-which contains the past and present summary of the black experience-prevents racial reconciliation as long as some substantial form of racial restitution is not seriously considered. This is "the price" of reconciliation. The method for achieving this finding is grounded in comparative politics, where the analyses of institutions and political behaviors are standard approaches. The author presents the conceptual difficulties involved in the project of racial reconciliation by comparing South African Truth and Reconciliation and the demand for reparations in the United States. Ronald Walters is Distinguished Leadership Scholar and Director, African American Leadership Program and Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland.
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Introduction -- A grand narrative of South African racial oppression -- The persistence of memory -- Truth, reconciliation, and reparations -- A grand narrative of black American oppression -- The grand narrative and the legacy of modern subordination -- Barriers to truth and reconciliation in America -- The reparations movement : a liberatory narrative -- The globalization of African reparations -- Postscript.

"In The Price of Racial Reconciliation, Ronald Walters offers an abundance of riches. This book provides an extraordinarily comprehensive and persuasive set of arguments for reparations, and will be the lens through which meaningful opportunities for reconciliation are viewed in the future. If this book does not lead to the success of the reparations movement, nothing will."--Charles J. Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School "The Price of Racial Reconciliation is a seminal study of comparative histories and race(ism) in the formation of state structures that prefigure(d) socioeconomic positions of Black peoples in South Africa and the United States. The scholarship is meticulous in brilliantly constructed analysis of the politics of memory, reparations as an immutable principle of justice, imperative for nonracial(ist) democracy, and a regime of racial reconciliation."--James Turner, Professor of African and African American Studies and Founder, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University "A fascinating and pathbreaking analysis of the attempt at racial reconciliation in South Africa which asks if that model is relevant to the contemporary American racial dilemma. An engaging multidisciplinary approach relevant to philosophy, sociology, history, and political science."--William Strickland, Associate Professor of Political Science, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst The issue of reparations in America provokes a lot of interest, but the public debate usually occurs at the level of historical accounting: "Who owes what for slavery?" This book attempts to get past that question to address racial restitution within the framework of larger societal interests. For example, the answer to the "why reparations?" question is more than the moral of payment for an injustice done in the past. Ronald Walters suggests that, insofar as the impact of slavery is still very much with us today and has been reinforced by forms of postslavery oppression, the objective of racial harmony will be disrupted unless it is recognized with the solemnity and amelioration it deserves. The author concludes that the grand narrative of black oppression in the United States-which contains the past and present summary of the black experience-prevents racial reconciliation as long as some substantial form of racial restitution is not seriously considered. This is "the price" of reconciliation. The method for achieving this finding is grounded in comparative politics, where the analyses of institutions and political behaviors are standard approaches. The author presents the conceptual difficulties involved in the project of racial reconciliation by comparing South African Truth and Reconciliation and the demand for reparations in the United States. Ronald Walters is Distinguished Leadership Scholar and Director, African American Leadership Program and Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland.

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Comparing South Africa's experiences of oppression and reconciliation to that in the US, Walters (Univ. of Maryland) comes to the conclusion that the US must pay reparations to victims of slavery to bring about racial reconciliation. Although apartheid in South Africa was practiced by a white minority while in the US slavery was imposed by a white majority, both groups used political, social, and economic oppression to subjugate blacks. Unlike the US, South Africa struggles with how to make reparations and seeks ways to promote national unity. Strategies used in the US to end racial subordination have been more like Band-Aids. Movement toward racial integration, passage of civil rights laws, use of Great Society programs, and voting rights legislation increased opportunities for blacks but did not create a level playing field. Walters claims that to overcome all the social ills that flow from the legacy of slavery we must renegotiate the racial contract and that only wealth-based equality will help blacks achieve self-determination on a par with that of whites. However, reparations alone will not lift blacks out of oppression; blacks must be able to participate in solving their problems and should be given true self-determination. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. R. A. Strickland Appalachian State University

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