?Etiquette? Stole Civil Rights Movement, Author Says; ?Culture of Therapy? Seen Replacing Goal of Legal Equality

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?Etiquette? Stole Civil Rights Movement, Author Says; ?Culture of Therapy? Seen Replacing Goal of Legal Equality


Byline: Robert Stacy McCain, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A "racial etiquette" based on black rage and white guilt has "hijacked" the civil rights movement, according to a Syracuse University history professor.

"This racial etiquette steers us away from what the civil rights movement had as its most promising direction," Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn said yesterday in a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Drawing on radical rhetoric from the 1960s and "encounter group" psychology from the 1970s, "race experts" have substituted "a culture of therapy" in place of the civil rights movement's concern with legal and political equality, Mrs. Lasch-Quinn said.

The therapeutic approach to race relations is embodied in "racial sensitivity training," which has been implemented at many major corporations and is now part of freshman orientation at leading colleges.

Mrs. Lasch-Quinn cited Price M. Cobbs, author of the 1968 book "Black Rage," as a pioneer of sensitivity training. In 1967, Mr. Cobbs helped lead an "encounter group" at California's Esalen Institute called "Racial Confrontation as Transcendental Experience."

In what has become a standard practice in sensitivity training, Mr. Cobb and other seminar leaders inflamed racial anger among black participants and hectored whites to admit their own racism. Whites who denied being racists were accused of "lying."

Another famous sensitivity experiment, begun by Iowa teacher Jane Elliott, involved dividing classes by eye color and requiring them to behave according to discriminatory rules based on those divisions. …

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