The Racial Contract, by Charles W. Mills

Better Essays
In society today, race can be viewed in a variety of ways, depending on the manner in which one was raised, as well as many other contributing factors. These views are often very conflicting, and as a result, lead to disagreement and controversy amongst groups. Throughout history, many communities have seen such problems arise over time, thus having a profound impact that can change society in both positive and negative ways. Such a concept is a common method through which Charles W. Mills explain his theories and beliefs in his written work, The Racial Contract. In this particular text, Mills explores numerous concepts regarding race, how it is viewed by different people, and the sense of hierarchy that has formed because of it. Nevertheless, when certain scholars think about and discuss race in society, they often take different approaches than those by Mills mentioned prior. HowevSimier, regardless of the different approaches that may be taken, often times a common idea can be found amongst them, which further ties in The Racial Contract. For example, the text “Racial Formation in the United States” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant, as well as “The Lincoln-Douglass Debates” can both be found to have a correlation regarding race within Mill’s work.
As can be observed through the historical events that have occurred over time, race can be seen as a simple idea, but rather it is not and can instead be seen as a complex topic of discussion with more intricacies then what may be originally exposed. In his text, Mills attempts to explain some of these intricacies by starting with the way that race has culminated it self through the happenings and changes that have developed historically in society. It is obvious to see that the soc...

... middle of paper ... Charles W. Mills, the author attempts to provide an explanation for the way that race plays a role in our society, and how it has reached this particular point. Not only does Mills’ work provide some explanation in regards to this matter, but other notable texts and documents connect to his ideas as well, such as Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s, “Racial Formation in the United States,” and the remarks made by Abraham Lincoln in “The Lincoln-Douglas Debates.”

Works Cited

Lincoln, Abraham, Stephen A. Douglas, and Robert Walter Johannsen. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. New York: Oxford UP, 1965.

Mills, Charles W. The Racial Contract. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1997. PDF.

Omi, Michael, and Howard Winant. "Racial Formation in the United States." 1994. The Idea of Race. Ed. Robert Bernasconi and Tommy Lee Lott. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub., 2000. 181-212. Print.
Get Access