In this paper we address some of the major limitations of the human rights tradition (HRT) in addressing issues of racial inequality. We contend that the universalist and individual-based framework of HRT fails to appreciate the significance of society's racial structure. More importantly, HRT ignores how race fractured the world system creating differently valued human bodies. In addition to addressing some of the shortcomings of HRT, we present challenges for those in the tradition and advance several alternatives for academics who want to work towards the elimination of race-based inequality in the world.
Bonilla-Silva & Sarah Mayorga.
"Si Me Permiten Hablar: Limitations of the Human Rights Tradition to Address Racial Inequality."
Societies Without Borders
Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/swb/vol4/iss3/5