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Blinded by Sight: The Racial Body and the Origins of the Social Construction of Race
More Information Less Information. Enter the password to open this PDF file:. Cancel OK. Colorblindness has become an integral part of the national conversation on race in America. Given the assumptions behind this influential metaphor-that being blind to race will lead to racial equality-it's curious that, until now, we have not considered if or how the blind "see" race.
Most sighted people assume that the answer is obvious: they don't, and are therefore incapable of racial bias-an example that the sighted community should presumably follow. In Blinded by Sight,Osagie K. Obasogie shares a startling observation made during discussions with people from all walks of life who have been blind since birth: even the blind aren't colorblind-blind people understand race visually, just like everyone else.
Is Race Visual? An Interview with Osagie Obasogie
Ask a blind person what race is, and they will more than likely refer to visual cues such as skin color. Obasogie finds that, because blind people think about race visually, they orient their lives around these understandings in terms of who they are friends with, who they date, and much more. In Blinded by Sight, Obasogie argues that rather than being visually obvious, both blind and sighted people are socialized to see race in particular ways, even to a point where blind people "see" race.
So what does this mean for how we live and the laws that govern our society? Obasogie delves into these questions and uncovers how color blindness in law, public policy, and culture will not lead us to any imagined racial utopia.
Can a Blind Person Be a Racist? [Excerpt]
Passar bra ihop. Beyond Bioethics Osagie K Obasogie, Marcy Darnovsky For decades, the field of bioethics has shaped the way we think about ethical problems in science, technology, and medicine. Recensioner i media. In combining these perspectives, Obasogie calls for a new approach to research, an empirical Critical Race methodology, one that seriously engages with the materiality and lived experience of racial injustice.
He suggests that linking the theoretical commitments of a Critical Race perspective with an empirical, social scientific strategy will allow scholars to connect the macro and micro ways by which race operates in society. This call to bridge the theoretical-empirical divide is an insightful and crucial observation that has the potential to reinvigorate scholarship aimed at fighting racial inequality. It is especially germane to young scholars who are looking for novel methodological strategies to uncover racism in America with the hopes of creating a more just and equitable society.
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