Race, Risk, and Discrimination
This introductory chapter discusses the issue of racial distrust, in which the book considers how race influences trust from black Americans' social and political perspectives. It also examines how race affects blacks' assessments of whites and other nonblack groups to the extent of their roles in racial discrimination within the social and political aspects of blacks' lives. The fabrication of race in the United States has physically and psychologically marginalized black Americans—and other nonwhite groups—to an otherized group classification; a fact that operated to deny blacks and others their human, civil, and political rights. The book then shows how race functions malignantly, and how it has and continues to destroy the full scope of humane possibilities. The latter part presents an overview of the subsequent chapters of the book, all of which discuss trust in black America.
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