The Myth Of Racial Americ Color Blind Racism

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The Myth of ‘Post-racial’ America: Color-blind Racism in the Push to Repeal Affirmative Action in Higher Education By: Samantha L Bowden Dr. Bernd Reiter CPO 5934/LAS 6936: Race/Ethnicity/Nation December 2th, 2014 INTRODUCTION Across the sociological indicators, minorities, and especially blacks, “lag behind whites in the United States in terms of income, wealth, occupation and health status, educational attainment, and other relevant indicators” (Bonilla-Silvia, 2001, 1; see also 2014, 2-4). If the notion of “post-racial America” is myth, and I argue based on socio-economic indicators that it is, this paper seeks to answer two related questions. The first is: how has racism changed from explicitly racist Jim Crow segregation to what the eminent sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silvia (2001, 2011, 2014) calls “the new racism,” namely “color-blind racism”? The second is more specific: how does the ideology of “color-blind racism” operate institutionally in the post-civil rights era? Professor Bonilla-Silvia implores the race analyst “to decipher how it is that race matters in a racially stratified society at a particular historical juncture,” and that we “must study the practices, institutions and ideologies that help sustain white privilege” (ibid, 2001, p. 12). Drawing primarily on Bonilla-Silvia’s work, as well as contemporary events and statistics, this paper seeks to argue that any use of the term ‘post-racial America’ is disingenuous,
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