Closing Remarks

Dwayne A. Tunstall

in Yes, But Not Quite

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230549
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235919 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Closing Remarks

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This chapter concludes this book by briefly exploring the possibility that Royce's progressive racial anti-essentialism is, in fact, a form of cultural, anti-black racism and wonders if this taints his ethico-religious insight. The chapter argues that Royce seems to have espoused racism against black persons based not on inherent biological inferiority, but on cultural and intellectual inferiority. His example of how the English colonizers of Jamaica introduced “civilization”, in the form of bureaucratic administration and technocratic order, to the people of African descent residing there is an example of the sort of racism common in contemporary America. Royce's association of Jamaican blacks with culturally inferior persons can be understood as an early example of what some social scientists call laissez-faire racism.

Keywords: racism; cultural inferiority; technocratic order; intellectual inferiority; Jamaican blacks

Chapter.  1667 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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