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Whitewashing race [electronic resource] : the myth of a color-blind society /
Michael K. Brown ... [et al.].
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
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xi, 338 p. : ill.
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0520237064 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
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0520237064 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-324) and index.
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"In Whitewashing Race, an impressive and diverse group of scholars launch an empirically grounded assault on the vast body of colorblind orthodoxy. The authors harness a medley of disciplinary perspectives into a cogent argument about racial stratification accompanied by a set of practical racial justice policy options. Their aim is both simple and ambitious: to reinvigorate a moribund debate by marshalling their collective intellectual resources to demonstrate that the conservative consensus on race is neither morally sustainable nor logically defensible."--Lani Guinier, coauthor of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy "This powerful book disposes of the claim, so often heard, that America has solved its race problem and can now be 'color-blind.' Based on hard facts, it shows how we must work--for the sake of all of us--to give Black Americans the reality of equal opportunity."--Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon's Trumpet "An essential book. Americans have always worked hard at burying our racial truths, thereby leaving half-truths, myths and raw bigotry to continue their brutal work on our most vulnerable citizens. The authors cauterize these terrible wounds with prodigious research and brilliant insights. Their work is a great service to justice and to our country."--Roger Wilkins, author of Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism "For many years conservative scholars and think tanks have been trying to convince the American public that racism is dead and that race-specific policies, such as affirmative action, cannot be justified and are in fact detrimental. To a great extent they have succeeded in making ostensible 'color-blindness' the dominant test of law and policy affecting racial minorities. Now at last we have the definitive response to this argument. It comes from seven distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines who believe that race must be taken into account if we are ever to get beyond racism. With massive evidence, much of it quantitative, they blast conservative color-blindness to smithereens, showing that it really functions as a formula to perpetuate racial inequality. No one concerned with racial justice in America can afford to ignore this book."--George M. Fredrickson, author of Racism: A Short History "Whitewashing Race is the most important social science statement on race in more than a decade. It lays bare the expressly conservative, ideological, and deeply flawed analyses of those pundits pressing for 'color-blind' social policy. With lucid prose and truly definitive scholarship, Brown, Wellman, and colleagues thoroughly debunk the reigning conservative consensus. Anyone who cares about racial justice and the fate of the American Dream should read this vitally important book."--Lawrence D. Bobo, editor of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles "Far from writing a collection of essays, the authors of Whitewashing Race have collaborated to produce a brilliant, seamless book on America's deepest divide. Framed as a response to conservative analysts who claim that racial problems are essentially solved, the book provides an authoritative overview of how the nation's two principal races still remain sharply apart by every social measure."--Andrew Hacker, author of Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal "In today's political climate, even the most well-meaning liberal tends to believe that institutional racism is a thing of the past and that we've truly achieved a color-blind society. Whitewashing Race makes a powerful case that racism is still with us. Relying on solid evidence rather than polemics, the authors have amassed an overwhelming body of data to show the persistence of racism in the job and housing market, education, the criminal justice system, and the political arena. If we ever have a real 'nationa
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"In Whitewashing Race, an impressive and diverse group of scholars launch an empirically grounded assault on the vast body of colorblind orthodoxy. The authors harness a medley of disciplinary perspectives into a cogent argument about racial stratification accompanied by a set of practical racial justice policy options. Their aim is both simple and ambitious: to reinvigorate a moribund debate by marshalling their collective intellectual resources to demonstrate that the conservative consensus on race is neither morally sustainable nor logically defensible."--Lani Guinier, coauthor of The Miner''s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy "This powerful book disposes of the claim, so often heard, that America has solved its race problem and can now be ''color-blind.'' Based on hard facts, it shows how we must work--for the sake of all of us--to give Black Americans the reality of equal opportunity."--Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon''s Trumpet "An essential book. Americans have always worked hard at burying our racial truths, thereby leaving half-truths, myths and raw bigotry to continue their brutal work on our most vulnerable citizens. The authors cauterize these terrible wounds with prodigious research and brilliant insights. Their work is a great service to justice and to our country."--Roger Wilkins, author of Jefferson''s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism "For many years conservative scholars and think tanks have been trying to convince the American public that racism is dead and that race-specific policies, such as affirmative action, cannot be justified and are in fact detrimental. To a great extent they have succeeded in making ostensible ''color-blindness'' the dominant test of law and policy affecting racial minorities. Now at last we have the definitive response to this argument. It comes from seven distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines who believe that race must be taken into account if we are ever to get beyond racism. With massive evidence, much of it quantitative, they blast conservative color-blindness to smithereens, showing that it really functions as a formula to perpetuate racial inequality. No one concerned with racial justice in America can afford to ignore this book."--George M. Fredrickson, author of Racism: A Short History " Whitewashing Race is the most important social science statement on race in more than a decade. It lays bare the expressly conservative, ideological, and deeply flawed analyses of those pundits pressing for ''color-blind'' social policy. With lucid prose and truly definitive scholarship, Brown, Wellman, and colleagues thoroughly debunk the reigning conservative consensus. Anyone who cares about racial justice and the fate of the American Dream should read this vitally important book."--Lawrence D. Bobo, editor of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles "Far from writing a collection of essays, the authors of Whitewashing Race have collaborated to produce a brilliant, seamless book on America''s deepest divide. Framed as a response to conservative analysts who claim that racial problems are essentially solved, the book provides an authoritative overview of how the nation''s two principal races still remain sharply apart by every social measure."--Andrew Hacker, author of Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal "In today''s political climate, even the most well-meaning liberal tends to believe that institutional racism is a thing of the past and that we''ve truly achieved a color-blind society. Whitewashing Race makes a powerful case that racism is still with us. Relying on solid evidence rather than polemics, the authors have amassed an overwhelming body of data to show the persistence of racism in the job and housing market, education, the criminal justice system, and the political arena. If we ever have a real ''national conversation'' on race, Whitewashing Race ought to be mandatory reading."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
This collective effort by seven well-published social scientists and legal scholars systematically refutes, with much data, conservative efforts (e.g., Stephen Thernstrom and Dinesh D'Souza) that argue that antiblack racism is not serious or systemic in the US. They term the pervasive "colorblind" ideology a new conventional wisdom and dissect its problematical, misinformed, and often undocumented assumptions carefully and eloquently. Data show not only that antiblack discrimination is widespread across institutions, but also that most whites are not colorblind in everyday actions within institutions from education to the workplace to public accommodations. Working systematically, these scholars show the bankruptcy of conservative notions that individual blacks and "irresponsible values" account for poverty; that letting the market operate will solve racial problems; and that African Americans have achieved equality with whites in most institutional areas. More attention should have been given to the many dimensions of everyday racism and its impact on the psychological, physical, family, and community health of African Americans. Although the book includes a good bibliography and index, the conclusion is sketchy on solutions, failing especially to assess the problem of the still-racist white mind lying behind pervasive racial discrimination. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and collections. J. R. Feagin University of Florida
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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 Racedraws 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.
Main Description
This work underscores the resilience of racial discrimination in the United States and the catastrophic effects of the backlash against minorities (with the demise of affirmative action and other civil rights era social programs) in contemporary America.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Bowker Data Service Summary
While not denying the economic advances of African Americans since the 1960s, 'Whitewashing Race' draws on research to demonstrate the persistence of racism and the effects of organized racial advantage across many institutions in American society.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figure
Preface
Introduction:Race Preferences and Race Privileges
Of Fish and Water: Perspectives on Racism and Privilege
The Bankruptcy of Virtuous Markets: Racial Inequality, Poverty, and "Individual Failure"
Keeping Blacks in Their Place: Race, Education, and Testing
Been in the Pen So Long: Race, Crime, and Justice
Civil Rights and Racial Equality: Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action, and Quotas
Color-Blindness as Color Consciousness: Voting Rights and Politica
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