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Racial Justice and the Limits of American Liberalism

David W. Wills
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall, 1978), pp. 187-220
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40014912
Page Count: 34
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Racial Justice and the Limits of American Liberalism
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Abstract

This paper argues that the American liberal tradition, as conventionally understood, does not supply a conception of racial justice adequate for the understanding and/or remedy of the in-justice presently suffered by black Americans, particularly in the economic realm. Joining an initial discussion of some contemporary indications of liberalism's limitations to a subsequent analysis of its role in the history of Afro-American religious thought, the paper argues throughout for a conception of racial justice that combines the historic concerns of American liberalism with an increased sensitivity to racial nationalism on the one hand and socialism on the other.

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