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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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Killing Sympathies

Killing Sympathies


(p.51) 1 Killing Sympathies
Represent and Destroy

Jodi Melamed

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents Gunnar Myrdal’s novel An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944) to illustrate the emergence of race novels and the values ascribed to literature about racial liberalism. Throughout the Cold War, race novels were as the primary tool of antiracism movements for discussing the notion of racial liberalism and to gain the support of white Americans against racial discrimination. This satirized the social and professional context of different race relations by dramatizing the failure of white Americans to help promote racial equality and the notion of the possibility that racial liberalism could be attained through philanthropy, academia, government, media, and race relations organizations.

Keywords:   Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma, racial liberalism, race novels, race relations

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