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

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

by Barbara Trepagnier
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594512124

ISBN-13: 9781594512124

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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 Trepagnier uses vivid focus group interviews to argue that the oppositional categories of racist/not racist are outdated.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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594512124
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Rethinking racism1
2Silent racism15
3Passivity in well-meaning white people47
4The production of institutional racism63
5Race awareness matters85
6Antiracist practice103
7Epilogue129
AppBiographies of the participants
AppParticipants' race awareness
AppAntiracism resources

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