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"In Mea Culpa, Steven W. Bender examines how the United States' collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior. We regret slavery and segregationist Jim Crow laws: we craft our legislation in response to that regret. By examining policies and practices that affected the lives of groups that have been historically marginalized and oppressed, Bender is able to draw persuasive connections between shame and its eventual legal manifestations. Analyzing the United States' historical response to its own atrocities, Bender identifies and develops a definitive moral compass that guides us away from the policies and practices that lead to societal regret"--Dust jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-235) and index.
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Acknowledgments Introduction Regret: frameworks for prediction What dehumanization predicts: the landscapes of future regret Aliens, illegals, wetbacks, and anchor babies: the dehumanization of immigrant Workers and their families Beasts of burden: farmworkers in the U.S. field of dreams The wages of poverty: inequality, welfare queens, and the homeless Sexuality and dehumanization: homophobia in U.S. law and life Dehumanizing criminals: the monsters of death row Flying while Muslim: "ragheads" and human rights From slavery to the new Jim Crow of mass incarceration: the ongoing Dehumanization of African Americans You've come a long way, baby! Gender and dehumanization International dehumanization Conclusion: a blueprint for humanization through compassion.
KF4749 .B39 2015
New York ; London : New York University Press,