Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide

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Vivid and engaging, Silent Racism persuasively demonstrates that silent racism - racism by people who classify themselves as "not racist" - is instrumental in the production of institutional racism. Trepagnier argues that heightened race awareness is more important in changing racial inequality than judging whether individuals are racist. The collective voices and confessions of "non-racist" white women heard in this book help reveal that all individuals harbor some racist thoughts and feelings. Trepagnier uses vivid focus group interviews to argue that the oppositional categories of racist/not racist are outdated. The oppositional categories should be replaced in contemporary thought with a continuum model that more accurately portrays today's racial reality in the United States. A shift to a continuum model can raise the race awareness of well-meaning white people and improve race relations. Offering a fresh approach, Silent Racism is an essential resource for teaching and thinking about racism in the twenty-first century.

You can find more information about Silent Racism on Barbara Trepagnier's website at http://www.silentracism.com/.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594512124
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Trepagnier is Professor of Sociology at Texas State University- San Marcos.

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Table of Contents

1 Rethinking racism 1
2 Silent racism 15
3 Passivity in well-meaning white people 47
4 The production of institutional racism 63
5 Race awareness matters 85
6 Antiracist practice 103
7 Epilogue 129
App Biographies of the participants
App Participants' race awareness
App Antiracism resources
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