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Does the black struggle for civil rights make common cause with the movement to foster queer community, protest anti-queer violence or discrimination, and demand respect for the rights and sensibilities of queer people? Confronting this emotionally charged question, Ladelle McWhorter reveals how a carefully structured campaign against abnormality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries encouraged white Americans to purge society of so-called biological contaminants, people who were poor, disabled, black, or queer. Building on a legacy of savage hate crimes—such as the killings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd—McWhorter shows that racism, sexual oppression, and discrimination against the disabled, the feeble, and the poor are all aspects of the same societal distemper, and that when the civil rights of one group are challenged, so are the rights of all.

ISBN

9780253220639

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

Indiana University Press

City

Bloomington

Keywords

black civil rights, queer discrimination, human biological contaminants

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Department

Philosophy

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Philosophy

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Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

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