By Carl Gutierrez-Jones
The beating of Rodney King, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the LAPD Rampart Scandal: those occasions were interpreted through the courts, the media and the general public in dramatically conflicting methods.
Focusing particularly at the perform and theorization of narrative concepts, Gutiérrez-Jones engages a number of the so much influential texts within the contemporary race debates
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His results, however, are fairly consistent with this camp. First, race and racism are assumed to constitute a pathology that is ultimately ancillary to the development of Western civilization and thought. In this sense, race and racism are, conceptually speaking, accidents of history that do not call on D’Souza to challenge at all terms like “civilization,” “barbarism,” or the “empirical” for the ways they may have been affected by race dynamics (or “ideologies”). Second, the key factor of racial injury is not the larger, more advanced 29 the contours of the contemp or ary r ace debate segment of society, but rather the black underclass which, according to D’Souza, chooses to partake in a social regression which ultimately injures the society as a whole.
By contrast, injury helps contextualize a larger rhetorical economy based on perpetrator/victim interplay. Obviously great caution is required as we move between study of the Holocaust and study of race dynamics in the United States. At the same time, there is much to be gained by comparing these critical projects as they wrestle with ethical dynamics that tend in these different contexts to be both impoverished and naturalized (or somehow trapped in a ﬁeld of “common sense”). It is exactly this common-sense ﬁeld of assumptions about injury which enables such distinct positions—reverse racism versus institutional racism—to be described in what seems to be a relatively consistent set of rhetorical gestures.
Some of the best work in the interdisciplinary enterprise of American studies is already moving along this path, one that promises to create a critical space for complicating the interpretive and ethical dimensions of how we approach racial injury. Like LaCapra’s effort regarding Holocaust representations, this will involve diversifying our attentions and nuancing our understandings of ethics-in-practice, a project that will beneﬁt from a rethinking of the roles assigned to bystanders, collaborators, and resistors.
Critical Race Narratives: A Study of Race, Rhetoric and Injury by Carl Gutierrez-Jones