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Whitewashing Race

The Myth of a Color-Blind Society

David B. Oppenheimer, Troy Duster, Michael K. Brown, et al.

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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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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20th century, racial inequality, legal scholars, economists, political scientists, racial discrimination, sociologists, housing discrimination, health care discrimination, criminologists, racial prejudice, racial issues, bigotry, white americans, historians, wage gaps, color blindness, low income families, african americans, cultural criticism, criminal justice system, whitewashing, america, united states, neo conservatives, american culture, black americans, american society, welfare state