Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Strange Fruit by Kenan Malik

From on strange fruit, an essay by Kenan Malik:
For 20 years I have been exploring the idea of race as a biologist, a historian and an antiracist activist. But two development over the past decade made me realise that I needed to rethink my attitudes to human differences. 
...Liberal antiracism has not only helped resurrect racial thinking. It has also become increasingly hostile to traditional notions of science, knowledge and freedom of thought - as the Watson row revealed. And this is perhaps the most paradoxical aspect of the new race debate - that in challenging the irrationality of racial science, liberal antiracists have become so irrational themselves.
Malik has also written a book titled Strange Fruit that I should read, based on the review here.