Racial Healing: Confronting the Fear Between Blacks & Whites

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Going against conventional wisdom, Dalton asserts that blacks and whites need not live estranged, and offers concrete proposals for what individual blacks and whites must do to bring about racial healing. When discussing race, Dalton suggests that blacks and whites “should simply put everything on the table. Own up to the tension. Acknowledge the risks. When someone inevitably screws up, rather than beat a hasty retreat, we should seize the opportunity to deepen the dialogue.” The unflinching honesty of Dalton's views will spark debate and controversy. His vision of a truly just, multicultural America provides a thought-provoking, hopeful view to add to the diversity of debate over race.

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Going beyond Cornel West's Race Matters and Derrick Bell's Faces At The Bottom Of The Well, Yale Law professor Harlon Dalton offers a tough but hopeful prescription for America's racial dilemma, based on the need for both blacks and whites to be brutally honest with each other about their fears and secret beliefs. In recent years, books dealing with the continuing conflict between blacks and whites have been enormously popular: Shelby Steele's The Content Of Our Character ; Stephen Carter's Rejections Of An Affirmative Action Baby ; Andrew Hacker's Two Nations ; Derrick Bell's Faces At The Bottom Of The Well ; Jim Nellson's Volunteer Slavery ; Nathan McCall's Makes Me Want To Holler. Building on this rich tradition of thoughtful and vibrant debate, Racial Healing offers the prospect of more open and harmonious relations between blacks and whites. When talking about race, Dalton writes blacks and whites "should simply put everything on the table. Own up to the tension. Acknowledge the risks. When someone inevitably screws up, rather than beat a hasty retreat, we should seize the opportunity to deepen the dialogue." Dalton's style is anecdotal, personal, and open -- not academic -- and his views will spark debate and controversy among and between blacks and whites, precisely because he is so honest with himself. After offering concrete proposals for what individual blacks and whites must do to bring about racial healing, Dalton presents a vision of what a truly just multiracial America might look like -- a note of hope long lacking in the debate over race.

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Harlon L. Dalton is a Professor at Yale Law School.

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