Jeremy Waldron: Race, 19 March 1998
Show More Seeing a Colour-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race by Patricia Williams.
Virago, 72 pp., £5.99, April 1997, 1 86049 365 3Show More
Colour Conscious: The Political Morality of Race by Anthony Appiah and Amy Gutmann.
Princeton, 200 pp., £11.95, May 1998, 0 691 05909 8Show More
Race: The History of an Idea in the West by Ivan Hannaford.
Johns Hopkins, 464 pp., £49.50, June 1996, 0 8018 5222 6Show More
“... Race is something which shouldn’t matter, but which has mattered and therefore has to matter. In a world uncontaminated by injustice, we could regard heritable differences in skin pigmentation, physiognomy, hair texture and body morphology as superficial traits. We could be, as they say, ‘colour blind’, treating those traits, as we treat the green in someone’s eyes, as features that point to nothing beyond themselves, above all nothing that would warrant different treatment or differences in respect ...”