The Everyday Language of White Racism

The Everyday Language of White Racism

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by Jane H. Hill

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In The Everyday Language of White Racism, Jane H. Hill provides an incisive analysis of everyday language to reveal the underlying racist stereotypes that continue to circulate in American culture.
  • provides a detailed background on the theory of race and racism
  • reveals how racializing discourse—talk and text that produces and reproduces


In The Everyday Language of White Racism, Jane H. Hill provides an incisive analysis of everyday language to reveal the underlying racist stereotypes that continue to circulate in American culture.

  • provides a detailed background on the theory of race and racism
  • reveals how racializing discourse—talk and text that produces and reproduces ideas about races and assigns people to them—facilitates a victim-blaming logic
  • integrates a broad and interdisciplinary range of literature from sociology, social psychology, justice studies, critical legal studies, philosophy, literature, and other disciplines that have studied racism, as well as material from anthropology and sociolinguistics
  • Part of the Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture Series

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"Recommended [to] Most levels/libraries." (CHOICE, November 2009)

"This book makes an important contribution to the body of critical race scholarship in deconstructing how language is used to perpetuate racism and in doing so validates the author’s challenge to the common assumption that 'white racism has gone underground.'" (People with Voices, April 2009)

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Wiley Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture , #7
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"Resonating far beyond its focus on the US, this is a lucid, compelling, committed and highly original account of the fundamental aspects of routine language that help racism thrive amidst its everyday denial."
Professor Ben Rampton, King's College London

"The Everyday Language of White Racism is an extremely important book. Jane Hill raises readers' awareness for the potential danger which confronts all of us; i.e. that 'race' and racially based practices which are frequently expressed in indirect and covert ways would become part of common sense and thus essentialized. This is also a very timely book because it points us to the many instances in everyday life where discrimination still occurs and proposes ways how to challenge social exclusion."
Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Lancaster University

"Hill's academic credentials give her the authority to write this disquieting book. The care she uses to make her case will compel even skeptics to reconsider the way they speak about other people."
Otto Santa Ana, University of California, Los Angeles

"For the many Americans who believe that racism is on the decline in the contemporary United States, The Everyday Language of White Racism will be both eye-opening and thought-provoking. Challenging the commonsense belief that racism is rooted in individual, intentional feelings of hatred or prejudice, Jane Hill shows that racism is produced through language in which racist stereotypes circulate, whether deliberately, unwittingly, or somewhere in between. Hill’s magisterial command of a wide range of scholarship provides rich theoretical and political context for her acute analyses of racist language in the media, public discourse, and private talk. The result is an engaging and important discussion of the enduring yet often invisible presence of racism in American daily life."
Mary Bucholtz, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Meet the Author

Jane H. Hill is Regents' Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has served as President of the American Anthropological Association, and was awarded the Viking Fund Medal in Anthropology in 2005.

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Joseph70 More than 1 year ago
I was derogatorily referenced on page 39 in Professor Hill's book "The Everyday Racism of White People" for a letter to the editor in which I factually claimed that unskilled illegal immigrants(particularly from Latin America) remain educationally resistant for generations. "Skill"is an economics term, not subjective term. According to her left-wing dogma, my stereotype-laden letter was racist because the data presented was not true, reflected false beliefs and moral dubiousness. Statistics for the educational attainment of Latinos (and comparisons to other groups) over generations are easy to obtain. For example, see the Pew Hispanic Center and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for comparative multi-generational statistics by race. This graph (http://Higher_education_in_the_US_by_race.svg) shows about 48% of second generation Asians obtain a college education in comparison to 13% of Latinos. The cultural trends remain culturally constant for generation after generation as well. Of course, I have just easily proven that Dr Hill's contention is false, and according to her distorted ideology, those stereotypical statements make the liberal professor "morally dubious" too. In fact, the entire progressive dogma is simple to disprove. (Why did my words affect her so much that she would publicly malign me as an ignorant racist based on her bigoted progressive dogma and false stereotypes? Answer: Because my, philosophy is moral, logical and correct.) Diversity is neither a strength nor a weakness. It is neutral. Japan is wealthy without diversity. Multiculturalism is used to justify reverse racism. What matters to a nation is the number of skilled and educated residents. For example, accepting millions of legal educated Chinese immigrants helps the US economy. Accepting tens of millions of unskilled uneducated illegal Latin-American fence jumpers harms the US economy. Some economists would increase the number of skilled educated immigrants by 2,000%, not to increase diversity, but to increase the numbers of those who pay more in taxes than they cost and take-up fewer social services. African American poverty is the preeminent excuse for concocting anti-white male laws, such as AA and EEO. However, wherever black people are (The Caribbean, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and in every country which Sub-Saharan African descended people reside without exception), black people are either oppressed by pervasive racism from everyone, everywhere, at all times; or black people do not posses the cultural traits necessary for economic viability. Economic viability is determined by what individuals within a culture do and not by oppression dogma. Individuals within any culture have ability to succeed based on individual effort. However, Leftwing oppression/victimization dogma suggests perpetual failure until the world changes to accommodate black peoples' lower economic earning power. Amy Chua's "World on Fire" examines the implications of cultural economic viability. Cultures replicate economic successes and failures over and over again, moving in statistically valid, measurable economic patterns. Scientists can accurately postulate economic differences and then measure their projections with valid replicable precision in cities and nations. Predictions can, likewise, be made for Anglos, Chinese, aboriginal Latinos, Jews, Muslims, Mormons and other groups as well. Culture precedes everything.