The education of racial perception

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Philosophy and Social Criticism, ISSN: 0191-4537, Vol: 36, Issue: 2, Page: 209-229

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Monahan, Michael
SAGE Publications; e-Publications@Marquette
Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Linda M. Alcoff; perception; phenomenology; race; racism; Philosophy
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This article argues for the practice of the 'education of racial perception' as a critical component of any struggle against racial oppression (and for a liberated humanity generally). Taking the phenomenological ontology suggested by Linda Alcoff's recent book Visible Identities, I argue that the project of educating our racial perception is a way to critically assess the way in which our perception of race both conditions and is conditioned by a racialized social world. By learning more about and ultimately challenging this relation we affirm our responsibility and agency in the face of an oppressive status quo. © The Author(s) 2010.