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Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality.

A NEW TAKE ON

HILL & THOMAS

While Court of Appeal stands strong as a record of reactions, Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality, edited by Toni Morrison, stands tall as a collection of reflections. These 18 essays by such distinguished academicians (black and white) as Nellie K. McKay, Manning Marable and Patricia J. Williams were, with one exception, commissioned for this book, and the contributors were given - or took - space to stretch out on their opinions and ideas.

"For insight into the complicated and complicating events that the confirmation of Clarence Thomas became," writes Morrison in her introduction, "one needs perspective, not attitude; context, not anecdotes; analyses, not postures." And on this count, the book doesn't disappoint, whether it is Michael Thelwell's insightful meditation on the wrongheadedness and insidiousness of black conservatism, or Gayle Pemberton's review of the hearings from James Baldwin's perspective, with prophetic words on race, race relations and our freedom quest.

Like Court of Appeal, Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power drives home important truths. These include: Stereotypes about black men and women are as pervasive as they always were; sexual harassment is not taken seriously by most people; racism, sexism and classism are very much alive and thriving; and the real winners of this Clash of the Bourgies were white people left, right and center.

These essays move readers to look beyond the spectacle and study the larger issues and forces. The book is challenging, but if you stick with it, at the end you care less about who was lying and more about what you can do to counter racism and sexism.
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Author:Bolden, Tonya
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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