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Represent and DestroyRationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism$
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Jodi Melamed

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674244

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674244.001.0001

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Counterinsurgent Canon Wars and Surviving Liberal Multiculturalism

Counterinsurgent Canon Wars and Surviving Liberal Multiculturalism

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(p.91) 2 Counterinsurgent Canon Wars and Surviving Liberal Multiculturalism
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Represent and Destroy
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Jodi Melamed

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674244.003.0003

This chapter examines how the rising prestige of liberal multiculturalism in education and the national culture of African Americans constituted a new U.S. apartheid. Liberal multiculturalism refers to one type of settlement policy that promotes the institutionalization of cultural diversity. Although liberal multiculturalism appeared progressive, it disabled effective antiracism movements by making people ignorant about the institutional power and privilege they wielded in contemporary racial orders. It also resulted in hypersegragation, the abandonment of African American urban working classes to the impoverishment of deindustrialization, and the turn to mass imprisonment of African American men, as a solution for social disorders. Moreover, liberal multiculturalism in the U.S created a fatal detachment of cultural production from people of color, and a detachment of antiracist intentions and from activism for racial equality.

Keywords:   liberal multiculturalism, hypersegragation, U.S. apartheid, African American, deindustrialization

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