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Racism Without Racists

Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva


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The first edition of this best-selling book showed that alongside the subtle forms of discrimination typical of the post-Civil Rights era, new powerful ideology of "color-blind racism" has emerged. 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 new edition Bonilla-Silva has added a chapter dealing with the future of racial stratification in America that goes beyond the white / black dichotomy. He argues that the U.S. is developing a more complex and apparently "plural" racial order that will mimic Latin American patterns of racial stratification. Another new chapter addresses a variety of questions from readers of the first edition. And he has updated the book throughout with new information, data, and references where appropriate. The book ends with a new Postscript, "What is to be Done (For Real?)." As in the highly acclaimed first edition, Bonilla-Silva continues to challenge color-blind thinking.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9780742546868, 277pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006

About the Author

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