Literary Analysis Of Jonathan Rauch's In Defense Of Prejudice

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In his essay “ In Defense of Prejudice”, Jonathan Rauch explores a much talked about topic in the United States today, prejudice. As his title implies, he is in defense of prejudice, he makes it clear that he is not a supporter of hate or racism, rather a supporter of “intellectual pluralism” “which permits the expression of various forms of bigotry and always will.” (pg 1). Rauch defends the right to express all forms of bigotry. By utilizing specific examples where prejudice is at center stage, Rauch tries to convince his readers that the solution to prevent prejudice is not attempting to eradicate it, rather he believes if we, as a society channel prejudice more effectively we can make it “socially productive.” Ranch defends his…show more content…
Here he reference a Charles Sanders Peirce to support his argument, “When complete agreement could not be otherwise be reached, a general massacre of all who have not thought in a certain way has proved a very effective means of settling opinion in a country.” (pg 4) In other words, by trying to eliminate prejudice and it forces everyone to share the same sentiment against prejudice, makin us all jump in the same prejudice pool. In addition to suggesting that eradicating prejudice can cause bigger conflicts among the “purist” and “pluralist”. Rauch also argues when purist campaign against words they are also only targeting the surface of the issue. Everyone who is a minority is a target to this kind of language, even Rauch himself. To appeal to our emotions, once again he tells us about the incident in the train when he believed for a moment that those kids were referring to his as a faggot. This experience made him realized the power of prejudice words. By condemning words as inappropriate, we condemn only those whose say them, once again not prejudice it self, and once again leading to a defeated battle from the start. He referenced the “Dictionary of Cautionary Words and Phrases” from The University of Missouri's journalism department as an example of this battle to caution non politically correct vocabulary. Rauch draws a very valid point here, words are just words, and as long as there bigots and racist will find new words to add more fuel to this

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