Hollywood on Race and Racism in the Age of Obama

  • Bruce Baum


A wave of recent American movies that deal with race and racism reveal the value and limitations of the way Judith Shklar steers the liberal imagination toward a “liberalism of fear.” As I discussed in chapter 3, Shklar says that this variety of liberalism draws “most heavily” on a strongly developed historical memory. Shklar argues that it demands especially a memory of “the history of the world since 1914.”1 In ways that Shklar appreciated, the American liberal imagination is particularly in need of a strongly developed historical memory with respect to the persistence of American racism.2 Yet such a historical memory often is missing from dominant strains of American liberalism.


White Racism African National Congress American Racism Historical Memory Racial Oppression 
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