African Americans and the Right to Self-Determination in a Christian Context
Howard J. Vogel
Hamline University - School of Law
January 1, 2002
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 22, p. 201, 2002
The domestic legal obstacles to affirmative action to address the problem of the color line that have arisen in the United States in the last quarter of the 20th Century have become the occasion for discouragement and even despair in the face of persistent racial disparities in American life. This is due, in part, to the limits of our domestic vocabulary for speaking about such initiatives. This paper argues that Christian ethics, with the help of the resources of the emergent minority rights dialogue in international human rights, can play an important role in securing the cultural transformation needed to broaden our vocabulary and reframe our thinking so that our efforts to secure racial justice are not bound by the limits of the conventional domestic vocabulary. Specifically, the author argues that the new international discussion of “the right to self-determination” can be usefully employed within Christian ethics to secure the cultural, moral and legal changes needed to secure racial justice in the United States.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Affirmative action, Christian ethics, human rights, African American, self-determination
JEL Classification: K00
Date posted: April 3, 2013
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