Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

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In the first edition of this best-selling book Eduardo Bonilla-Silva documented how beneath the rhetorical maze of contemporary racial discourse lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for-and ultimately justify-racial inequities. In the second edition the author explored the growing Hispanic-speaking minority and the implications for racial stratification.

In this third edition, the author continues to challenge color-blind thinking. A new chapter on Obama's election addresses the apparent miracle of a black man elected as the 44th President of the nation despite the fact that racial progress has stagnated since the 1980s and, in some areas, even regressed. In contrast to those who believe the election of President Obama is a watershed moment that signifies the beginning of a postracial era in America, the author suggests this development embodies the racial trends of the past forty years. Bonilla-Silva analyzes two of these trends: the rise of color-blind racism as the dominant racial ideology and the emergence ot an apparently more flexible racial stratification system similar to the one found in Latin America. Racism without Racists will continue to challenge students and lead to much class discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742516335
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2003
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor of sociology at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the Third Edition of Racism without Racists xiii

1 The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America 1

2 The Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism 25

3 The Style of Color Blindness: How to Talk Nasty about Minorities without Sounding Racist 53

4 "I Didn't Get That Job Because of a Black Man": Color-Blind Racism's Racial Stories 75

5 Peeking Inside the (White) House of Color Blindness: The Significance of Whites' Segregation 103

6 Are All Whites Refined Archie Bunkers? An Examination of White Racial Progressives 131

7 Are Blacks Color Blind, Too? 151

8 E Pluribus Unum or the Same Old Perfume in a New Bottie? On the Future of Racial Stratification in the United States 177

9 Will Racism Disappear in Obamerical? The Sweet (but Deadly) Enchantment of Color Blindness in Black Face 207

10 Conclusion: "The (Color-Blind) Emperor Has No Clothes": Exposing the Whiteness of Color Blindness 261

Bibliography 277

Index 289

About the Author 301

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