Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State
University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's
Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological
Association and the American Philosophical Association. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's television series, "A World of Ideas." The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas. Dr. Wortham is author of The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues.
She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights
for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of
social and cultural marginality. Recently, she has published articles on
the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the
politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political
correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004 she was awarded tenure.
No He Can't
by Anne Wortham
Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.
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