The End of Anti-Racism

  • Paul Gilroy
Part of the Government Beyond the Centre book series


The task of developing a radical critique of the moralistic excesses practised in the name of anti-racism is an urgent task today. The absurdities of anti-racist orthodoxy have become a target of critique by the right (Honeyford, 1988; Lewis, 1988), and have formed a back-drop to the bitter debates that have surrounded the publication of The Satanic Verses.1 The dictatorial character of anti-racism, particularly in local government, has itself become an important theme within the discourse of popular racism.


Black Community Racial Identity Black Child European Economic Community Labour Party 
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Notes and References

  1. An earlier version of this paper was given as the Runnymede Lecture in July 1987.Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    Fay Weldon, the muddle-headed spokeswoman for ‘leftish humanist feminism’ has not only announced that ‘our attempt at multi-culturalism has failed’ but has assumed a posture of absolute cultural superiority. See Sacred Cows (Chatto, 1989).Google Scholar
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    Robert Miles Racism (Routledge, 1989) is indicative of these difficulties. His undoubted intellectual rigour leads to a definition of racism exclusively in terms of ideology. The links between this and what he calls ‘exclusionary practice’ remain obscure. There is little comparable rigour in Miles’s account of the problems which cluster around the Marxian notion of ideology which makes his definition plausible and attractive.Google Scholar

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© Paul Gilroy 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Gilroy
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexUK

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