By Joel Olson

Olson (political technology, Northern Arizona U.) examines the yank obsession with race in accordance with its politics. He reveals that regardless of protests via whites that the USA is a democracy, in truth it truly is divided into those that benefit from the advantages of complete citizenship and others who don't. Olson works during the old and political heritage of

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About different cultural practices in the liberal state will often apply to both Blacks and ethnics. ”9 Liberal citizenship may break down ethnic differences but it does not necessarily undermine racial distinctions. Indeed, as I argue in the next chapter, ethnic assimilation and democratic citizenship were possible in the United States because of racial stratiWcation. ConXating race and ethnicity obscures the deep connection between citizenship and race. 10 This dual character, unfortunately, is not always acknowledged when race is deWned as identity.

They also ensure access to land, capital, and markets to those who can afford them, giving white workers-cum-entrepreneurs the chance to become capitalists. But they also grant whites an elevated social status, which in many ways is as 14 – A POLITICAL THEORY OF RACE signiWcant as the tangible beneWts. The public and psychological wages of whiteness grant the white worker the same political rights and privileges accorded elites: legal equality with all other whites, the right to elect leaders, join political parties, assemble and speak freely, bear arms.

72 Dualisms are increasingly out of fashion in political theory. 73 But there is nothing inherently vulgar about dualisms. In fact, theory cannot do without them. Whatever their limitations, dichotomies such as public / private, rich/poor, feminine/masculine, and radical/reformist make useful distinctions that pinpoint the locus of political tensions. In explaining how one category deWnes the other, dualisms emphasize social relations and the role of power and conXict in them. This emphasis is not always found in models of difference or pluralism, given their tendency toward tolerance of different positions.

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