One Nation Indivisible is a warning about the future of America: If we continue to pursue policies of racial separation, our children and grandchildren may no longer be citizens of one great and united land.Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson warns that we are courting racial and ethnic separation at the very moment we should be seeking unity. Both majorities and minorities are adopting separatist practices, and even our courts endorse separatist principles at the expense of equal treatment under the law. For Wilkinson, these policies are chilling echoes of the rigid division he recalls from growing up in a segregated state. Rather than unite us, even well-intended separatism solidifies racial barriers and guarantees our country a future of ethnic strife.Wilkinson praises the multiculturalism of New America, criticizing those who assail immigration or belittle the contributions of minorities. But he laments the dangers of affirmative action based on racial goals and the pitfalls of education that does not help immigrants acculturate. He uses his own run for Congress to show how voting districts drawn on racial lines marginalize minorities. Rejecting the notion of an Inaccessible Racial Experience, he warns that speech codes based on that idea prevent us from even discussing our problems. One Nation Indivisible challenges us as Americans—do we want to enter the twenty-first century united or separate? “If we do not change our course,” Wilkinson warns, “our hopes for national unity will be overtaken by the reality of racial division.”
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The United States has never been as racially and ethnically diverse as right now, writes federal judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III. In 1980, there were only a handful of Chinese restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama. Today, there are more than 60. But diversity isn't just about cuisine. It poses significant cultural and legal challenges, and Wilkinson is concerned that old-fashioned thinking about race could push his country in dangerous directions. Don't "take Model T civil rights law onto the multicultural superhighway," he warns. Wilkinson advances many conservative ideas (such as getting rid of racial preferences), but does so in a humane way that should appeal to liberals.
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Book Description Basic Books, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0201180723
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