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Hatred, bigotry, and prejudice : definitions, causes & solutions
Baird, Robert M., 1937-
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1999.
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290 pages ; 23 cm.
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1390 Lexile.
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YA-An informed discussion of the repercussions that result from acting out judgments based on characteristics of race, religion, history, or sexual orientation that are different from one's own. The more than two dozen texts are culled from recent issues of The New Republic and the Village Voice; classic essays by John Dewey, Edward Wilson, and Gordon Allport; the writings of contemporary academics such as Cornel West and Martha Nussbaum; and the dockets of the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of the situations mentioned are recent, including the killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard, the incendiary trial of the Los Angeles police charged with beating Rodney King, and the events at Columbine High School in April 1999. The passages reprinted from Dewey, Allport, and Sartre are cohesive and accessible to students who have not read in the fields of philosophy or psychology. While there is no index to the volume, high school readers will find it helpful for research-paper writing and many will also read it because they are motivated by personal interest in the topic.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

John DeweyMichael MustoSharon LernerDavid GrannFrank KoganTony KushnerPatricia J. WilliamsRaymond W. SmithAbraham KaplanGordon AllportJean-Paul SartrePaula RothenbergElliot AronsonPierre van den BergheBrice WachterhauserEdward O. WilsonRichard GolsteinPeter SingerRichard D. MohrMartha NussbaumElliot AronsonSamuel L. Gaertner and John F. DovidioCornell WestRichard RortyMartin Marty
Introductionp. 9
Part 1 Our Community, Our Values
1. Creative Democracy: The Task Before Usp. 21
Part 2 Hate and Incivility
2. Hate of the Union: Why Homophobia Has Become America's Favorite Pastimep. 27
3. Blight to Life: Antiabortion Extremists and Another Murdered Doctorp. 31
4. Firestarters: My Journey to Jasperp. 35
5. School's Been Blown to Pieces: Everyday Terror in the Suburbs South of Denverp. 41
6. Matthew's Passionp. 45
Part 3 Hate-Crime Legislation
7. R.A.V., Petitioner v. City of St. Paul, Minnesotap. 51
8. The Hate Debatep. 65
9. Canon to the Ordinaryp. 69
10. Civility Without Censorship: The Ethics of the Internet--Cyberhatep. 73
Part 4 What is Hate?
11. Equalityp. 81
12. The Nature of Hatredp. 91
13. The Portrait of the Anti-Semitep. 95
14. Construction, Deconstruction, and Reconstruction of Differencep. 107
Part 5 Explanations of Hate
15. The Causes of Prejudicep. 127
16. The Biology of Nepotismp. 141
17. Prejudice and Reasonp. 155
18. Evolutionary Morality and Xenophobiap. 161
19. The Hate That Makes Men Straight: Psychoanalysts Probe the Roots of Homophobiap. 167
Part 6 Moral/Rational Critiques of Hate
20. Is Racial Discrimination Arbitrary?p. 175
21. Gay Basics: Some Questions, Facts, and Valuesp. 195
22. A Classical Case for Gay Studiesp. 211
Part 7 Desirable Goals and Possible Solutions
23. Stateways Can Change Folkwaysp. 227
24. Toward the Elimination of Racism: The Study of Intergroup Behaviorp. 245
25. The Making of an American Democratic Socialist of African Descentp. 251
26. Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentalityp. 263
27. An Exercise in Civilityp. 283
Select Bibliographyp. 287
Contributorsp. 289