“Racial equality is actually an oxymoron. You can’t have both of them, because the very idea of race is predicated on somebody being inferior and somebody being superior.”
You can’t open up a newspaper or turn on the TV without being bombarded with stories of individuals or groups who have been unjustly acted upon because of their race. While these ongoing stories seem to perpetuate unwanted norms and instill more fear in the lives of Americans, one man is stepping up to the plate to put the root causes of these race issues on a pedestal so we can find an honest solution.
Dr. Carlos Hoyt, Wheelock College Assistant Professor of Social Work continuously explores the topics of race, racial identity, and related issues. He continues to push the conversation in his recently published book The Arc of a Bad Idea: Understanding and Transcending Race.
In his book, Dr. Hoyt puts forth the idea that if society is going to get past its difficulties with race, we will have to learn to do two things at once. First, we must acknowledge that we live in a racialized society and be vigilant about bias. But at the same time, he says, we must move away from perpetuating the social construct of racism. “I say in the book, and I know it’s a provocative thing to say, that racial equality is actually an oxymoron,” says Dr. Hoyt. “You can’t have both of them because the very idea of race is predicated on somebody being inferior and somebody being superior. And if we can move away from that, then we can move towards what it is we’re looking for.