"In Defence of Prejudice" Summary
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The paper examines "In Defense of Prejudice" that is an essay by Jonathan Rauch, where the premise is that social tolerance such as defined by multiculturalism is but a lesser form of "purism", a totalistic approach to eradicating racism. The paper explains Rauch's belief that racism will never be eradicated, and by limiting expressions of racism, one also compromises our conceptions and rights of free speech.
From the Paper:"Jonathan Rauch offers a spirited rebuttal of social tolerance in his essay, "In Defense of Prejudice". Based on his thesis that if we continue down the path of "puristic" ideology, eventually, "any criticism of any group will be [considered] `prejudice'". Rauch presents a compelling argument that we must embrace prejudice in order to maintain our rights and freedoms as a democratic republic. By use of the term "purism", or puristic ideology, Rauch seeks to expand yet distinguish the socially normative terms of "political correctness" and "multiculturalism." According to Rauch, the major tenet of purism is..."
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