186:The Humanity of Race
Published March 5, 2020
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    The Humanity of Race with Coleman Hughes


    “There are very few people who have nothing of any value to say.” — Coleman Hughes

    Today it’s great to have Coleman Hughes on the podcast. Coleman is an undergraduate philosophy major at Columbia University and a columnist for Quillette magazine. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, and the Spectator.

    In this episode we discuss:

    • Coleman’s initial plan in life to become a trombonist
    • Coleman’s early childhood education
    • Coleman’s transformation of his thinking about race
    • Coleman’s nuanced thoughts on intersectionality
    • Why we set up a norm against racial stereotyping
    • Is reverse-racism legitimate?
    • How the main message of the civil rights movement is ignored
    • Coleman’s humanistic perspective on race
    • Coleman’s criticism of the “woke” mindset
    • What makes sense about the woke mindset
    • Looking at things from the perspective of police officers
    • Understanding the causes of the underrepresentation of African Americans in gifted education programs
    • The moral imperative to enhance cognitive development of people in the bottom of society 
    • How racial categories mislead us
    • How people underrate the value of local programs and community to solve problems of racism
    • Why policy shouldn’t look at racial disparities
    • The important distinction between culture and race
    • Why focusing on racial disparities (assuming that racial disparities are a proxy for well-being) is a mistake
    • Coleman’s vision for the good society


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