In Defense Of Respectability Politics

As an African-American child growing up during the Civil Rights era, Randall Kennedy was taught to always put his best foot forward in order to survive. That philosophy contradicts the argument that it’s unfair for minorities to have to hold themselves a higher standard. This hour, we’ll talk to Kennedy, who’s now a Harvard Law professor, about why he still believes his parents’ methods are best. His essay on the topic appears in the current issue of “Harper’s.”


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