Martin Luther King famously dreamed of a future in which his children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Today that dream is far from realized, and the idea of being “colorblind” is increasingly regarded as entrenching racism. Instead, we’re urged to regard people as members of racial, ethnic and other group identities. What is racism — and what does it take to combat it? Does “colorblindness,” as some claim, worsen the problem?
Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo examine aspects of today’s debate over racism, the philosophic issues shaping it, and Ayn Rand’s distinctive account of the evil of racism. Jan. 18, 2021.