Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society / Edition 1

Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society / Edition 1

by Michael K. Brown, Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244753

ISBN-13: 9780520244757

Pub. Date: 01/21/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

White Americans, abetted by neo-conservative writers of all hues, generally believe that racial discrimination is a thing of the past and that any racial inequalities that undeniably persist—in wages, family income, access to housing or health care—can be attributed to African Americans' cultural and individual failures. If the experience of most black

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White Americans, abetted by neo-conservative writers of all hues, generally believe that racial discrimination is a thing of the past and that any racial inequalities that undeniably persist—in wages, family income, access to housing or health care—can be attributed to African Americans' cultural and individual failures. If the experience of most black Americans says otherwise, an explanation has been sorely lacking—or obscured by the passions the issue provokes. At long last offering a cool, clear, and informed perspective on the subject, this book brings together a team of highly respected sociologists, political scientists, economists, criminologists, and legal scholars to scrutinize the logic and evidence behind the widely held belief in a color-blind society—and to provide an alternative explanation for continued racial inequality in the United States.

While not denying the economic advances of black Americans since the 1960s, Whitewashing Race draws on new and compelling research to demonstrate the persistence of racism and the effects of organized racial advantage across many institutions in American society—including the labor market, the welfare state, the criminal justice system, and schools and universities. Looking beyond the stalled debate over current antidiscrimination policies, the authors also put forth a fresh vision for achieving genuine racial equality of opportunity in a post-affirmative action world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244757
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/21/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
349
Sales rank:
715,190
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figure
Preface


Introduction:Race Preferences and Race Privileges
1. Of Fish and Water: Perspectives on Racism and Privilege
2. The Bankruptcy of Virtuous Markets: Racial
Inequality, Poverty, and "
Individual Failure"
3. Keeping Blacks in Their Place: Race, Education, and Testing
4. Been in the Pen So Long: Race, Crime, and Justice
5. Civil Rights and Racial Equality: Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action, and Quotas
6. Color-Blindness as Color Consciousness: Voting Rights and Political Equality
Conclusion: Facing Up to Race

Notes
Bibliography
About the Authors

Index

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