The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality
reviewed by Jeff Sapp
The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality Author(s):
Walter Benn MichaelsPublisher:
Holt Paperbacks (Henry Holt and Company, Inc.), New YorkISBN:
0805083316 , Pages:
2007Search for book at Amazon.com
There is something about Walter Benn Michaels The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned To Love Identity And Ignore Inequality that reads and feels right when you begin the short introduction. Michaels believes that Americans love to talk about race and identity because they dont like to talk [about], or even acknowledge, class. To distract themselves, Americans celebrate cultural diversity rather than address the difficult issues surrounding economic inequity. I like the short introduction. Its the rest of the book that is problematic.
Michaels attempts to deconstruct current race theories that declare race as a social construct. He believes that we misunderstand race by making it synonymous with culture or identity. Culture doesnt work because it relies on race. And what is identity? It is simply acting a certain way, for instance acting black or acting white. No, Michaels is sure that race is biological.
Michaels is perplexed by why the United... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, 2007, p. -
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14555, Date Accessed: 7/31/2015 3:18:14 AM