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America's Atonement

Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing -- 2nd Edition

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Aaron David Gresson III

The second edition of America’s Atonement: Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing argues that racial pain is a driving force in contemporary race relations and is especially prevalent in social discourses on identity, fairness, and social justice. Despite its importance, racial pain is too often glossed over as mundane or disingenuous. For this reason, social justice activism and education are in danger of undermining the needs and opportunities to more effectively convey what has been called «difficult knowledge». This book highlights emergent examples of psychic and relational healing.
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Chapter 1. Introduction: America’s “Atonement” and the Right to a Non-Spoiled Identity

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INTRODUCTION

America’s “Atonement” and the Right to a Non-Spoiled Identity

Sacrifice is par excellence the means of restoring the ethnic balance; and in this capacity it is never without a basic sense of loss and surrender.

– Susanne Langer (1984: 133)

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