Does Racism Still Exist?

1549 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 7 Pages
Does racism still exist? This is one of the countless controversies between people today in which many people might answer “no”. Others may agree with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a sociology professor at Duke University. Bonilla-Silva argues that racism still exists, but has become more subtle since the end of segregation. Bonilla-Silva refers to this "new racism" as color-blind racism. This term is defined by Bonilla-Silva in his book, White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era, as, "A new, powerful ideology that justifies contemporary racial inequality and thus help maintain 'systematic white privilege '"(132). Abstract Liberalism, Naturalization, Biologization of Culture, and Minimization of Racism, are the four central frames Bonilla-Silva uses to describe and prove racism is still a problem in the form of color-blind racism. These frames and the interviews used as evidence effectively prove Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s idea that there is racism without “racists”. The first frame used in Bonilla-Silva’s essay is Abstract Liberalism, an economic and political idea used to explain racial matters. Bonilla-Silva defines abstract liberalism as, “This frame is effective in proving racism still exists through the interviews Bonilla-Silva conducted. Each of these people are students or hold a position in a business and are associated with economic and political liberalism. The most effective interview in this frame is the interview that was done with Carol, a student at at…
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