The Skull Measurer's Mistake and Other Portraits of Men and Women who Spoke Out Against Racism
Place Published: New York
Publisher: The New Press
Date Published: 1997
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 20241
182pp. Octavo [21.5cm] Hardcover in dustjacket. Orange and black boards.
From the publisher: "Racism developed late in Europe and North America but cut a wide swath in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lindqvist (Exterminate All the Brutes, LJ 3/1/96) argues that "the history of racism is not only about racists.... [It is] also about the people who [saw] through the errors of the racists and protested against their abuses." Lindqvist presents their stories as epitomes of our potential for humanity. The overall impression is of a pervasive Western sentiment that conveniently justified the most blatant exploitation. "Only racism could defend what Europe did and intended to continue doing. So racism flourished," Lindqvist writes. That any respectable Westerners at all resisted the vicious tide of sentiment deserves recognition."