Racist Beliefs as Objectively False Value Judgments. Sharyn Clough (Philosophy, OSU ) Bill Loges (Sociology/New Media, OSU) Oregon State University October 21st, 2006. We Argue. Racist beliefs express strong negative value judgments that are false, and objectively so.
Sharyn Clough (Philosophy, OSU )
Bill Loges (Sociology/New Media, OSU)
Oregon State University
October 21st, 2006
As Liz Anderson reminds us, this process is called “growing up.”
When we criticize certain research projects as racist, we are saying that those projects are inadequate, relative to our experience of the relationship between biology, genetics and folk-racial categories.
Let’s say we’re right that racist beliefs have cognitive, empirical content. Still, racist value judgments aren’t out there in the world for us to identify objectively, they’re subjective features of individuals. Now what?
“Different Rays of Sunshine”
“A value is an enduring belief that a specific mode of conduct or end-state of existence is personally or socially preferable to an opposite or converse mode of conduct or end-state of existence. A value system is an enduring organization of [values] along a continuum of relative importance” (Rokeach, 1973, p. 5).